STREAKING AHEAD: Kelly Gates rode Worth The Time to victory by an impressive 9.75 lengths in the Maiden Plate at Ferguson Park on the weekend. The margin may have been more relaxed if Gates had realised no other horses were any threat in the race for the finish.
STREAKING AHEAD: Kelly Gates rode Worth The Time to victory by an impressive 9.75 lengths in the Maiden Plate at Ferguson Park on the weekend. The margin may have been more relaxed if Gates had realised no other horses were any threat in the race for the finish. Mike Richards

Worth The Time’s win worth the wait

KELLY Gates looked around after she had crossed the line on Worth The Time Saturday afternoon to see how close the other horses were, only to be dumbfounded not to see any.

The jockey kept searching over her shoulders, straining to find another runner.

The field was nowhere in sight, stranded 10 lengths back, a fact Gates said would have changed her last 100m if she knew.

"I thought they were coming at me," she said. "So I rode him to the end."

After a ninth placed finish in Monto, Worth The Time's trainer Denis Schultz was extremely confident of victory.

At 7-1 the bookies were not as keen.

But now they will be and Schultz knew what his horse had (even if he was surprised to see the whip while 10 lengths clear) in reserve.

But the jockey said he did need encouragement at the start.

"He jumped good and got a squeeze," she said. "When I roared at him it dug him up and he went."

Once on the rail in front, Worth The Time surged away for the entire race.

Schultz showed little surprise, only to say he was blowing hard after the race.

The trainer now believes he can step up to stronger company.

Schultz's luck ran out in race four, when his hope Blaze to Fortune was outclassed and was sixth of seven runners.

The Lee Kiernan-trained Base Jump proved how good he is on the home sand by winning the Greg McCann Memorial Open Sprint.

Race results:

Race 1:

  • 1st- Time to Spare
  • 2nd- Halle Cat
  • 3rd- Expel
  • 4th- Fantastic Eight

Race 2:

  • 1st- Leaps and Bounds
  • 2nd- Rio Vista
  • 3rd- Fomalstar
  • 4th- Cherishthethought

Race 3:

  • 1st- Worth The Time
  • 2nd- Hayylers Element
  • 3rd- Red Rada
  • 4th- Mishani Trader

Race 4:

  • 1st- Base Jump
  • 2nd- Final Chapter
  • 3rd- Stop Crying
  • 4th- Schoorwin

Race 5:

  • 1st- Restraining Order
  • 2nd- Savage Land
  • 3rd- Wongaranda
  • 4th- Dashing Young Love