Matthew Dale celebrates a Wagga Town Plate day double with Hay Now

May 09, 2017

TOP apprentice jockey Nick Heywood returned home to Wagga and enjoyed one of the most easiest of carnival wins aboard Hay Now.

DOMINANT: Hay Now, with Nick Heywood in the saddle, races away to win the last race on Wagga Town Plate day. Picture: Kieren L Tilly

Town Plate day was a good one for punters and Hay Now finished it with a bang, taking out the Harrisons Joinery Class Two Handicap (1400m).

As much as $3.00 was available about Hay Now early in the week but it started $1.70 and was easy viewing for punters, with Heywood producing a gem to get the mare home by 1½ lengths.

Heywood missed last year’s carnival through suspension and was pleased to get home and ride a winner in front of his home crowd.

“It’s great, I was suspended last year and missed it so to be back this year and get a winner is good,” Heywood said.

“He’s a very smart horse, that one. She does everything right.”

Hay Now took her record to three wins and five seconds from eight starts.

Dale said the next stop for Hay Now will be a Highway Handicap.

“The penny is just starting to drop with her,” Dale said.

“There’s a Highway over 1500 metres in two weeks time that she will go to. She will come in really well at set weights, with Nick Heywood being able to claim three as well.

“That’s been the plan all the way along.”

Dale said it was a reward for the patience shown by owners.

“I’ve been very lucky that the owners have been super patient and it’s paying dividends now,” he said.

Wagga mare Kingia ($13.00) worked home well for second place.