Western Jewel wins the Perth Cup
Nic Ashman - Saturday, 31 December 2011

Gun WA apprentice Kyra Yuill experienced her biggest thrill in racing when Western Jewel stormed down the outside to win Saturday's Group II Golden River Developments Perth Cup (2400m) at Ascot.

Yuill rode a patient race aboard Western Jewel. The five-year-old daughter of Melbourne Cup winning sire Jeune settled towards the tail of the field with the early speed set by Big Ted, who had Ringmeister sitting at his hindquarters.

As the field fanned approaching the home turn, Yuill picked runs off behind several gallopers before easing to the extreme outside and driving the mare home to beat God Has Spoken and Senhor Da Gama, who hit the front at the top of the straight.

Western Jewel finished fourth in the Perth Cup last year and winning trainer Grant Williams said the win was long overdue.

"We were very unlucky last year. We thought with a better run we should have won," Williams told Sky Racing World.

"This is her sort of race. We knew we had to ride her for one last sprint."

Williams paid tribute to Yuill saying "things went to plan" because the hoop remained "cool".

Yuill couldn't hide her delight coming back to the enclosure. The jockey said she didn't count on finding the rails from barrier 16.

"It's amazing, it's unreal. I'm just lucky to have a good horse that can do it for me," Yuill said.

"I didn't really want to be on the fence but I ended up there and was able to pop off.

"It all worked out my way. I didn't really expect to be that wide but she got a good roll-on."

Western Jewel took her record to eight wins from 27 starts with more than $530,000 in prizemoney.

Pre-race the punters warmed to Kincaple late in betting, backing the six-year-old son of Pentire into $4.20 favouritism but he was under hard riding from the 800 metres and passed a few late but was never a factor finishing 12th.

The on-course market: Western Jewel drifted from $8 to $9 before late support saw her firm back into $7. God Has Spoken opened up on-course at $12 before firming to $10 while Senhor De Gama was another that firmed. His price trimmed up from $10 into $9. Outside the placegetters, Kincaple drifted from $4.20 to $4.60 before late support saw him firm back into $4.20. The on-course market closed at 109 percent.

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