One of Western Australian racing and pacing’s most prominent families enjoyed one of their most memorable days at the races when the Fred Kersley-trained Regal Rogue won the Suncorp Handicap (Race 6-1705m) at Bunbury yesterday.
It was the first winner 17-year-old apprentice Fred W. Kersley had ridden for his legendary grandfather and master Fred Snr., and grandmother Judith who is Regal Rogue’s managing part-owner.
Kept out of trouble in the three-wide line after jumping from barrier 12 in a muddling-run affair, Kersley Jnr. improved into the race with momentum on the turn and produced Regal Rogue ($11) with a well-timed run in the straight, hitting the line a neck clear of the second-placed Crinklecut ($18).
In a family history littered with memorable moments across both codes, this would surely rank as one of the sweetest, and it will no doubt be the first of many with Fred Jnr. showing abundant talent after only a short time in the saddle.
The son of former Miracle Mile winning driver and thoroughbred trainer Kellie Kersley, Fred Jnr. has now won 10 races from 158 rides since kicking off his career riding at Northam on November 23 last year.