EASED DOWN: Narsons Duke, with Luke Tarrant aboard, scores an easy win at Corbould Park yesterday.
EASED DOWN: Narsons Duke, with Luke Tarrant aboard, scores an easy win at Corbould Park yesterday. John Mccutcheon

Star apprentice shines on the racecourse

RACING: Trainer Darryl Hansen says a break from racing and a heady ride inspired his horse, Narsons Duke, to yesterday's win in the Schultz Toomey O'Brien Law Class One Handicap at Corbould Park.

Hansen credited jockey Luke Tarrant for understanding the horse's temperament and landing the win.

It was only on December 13, that the talented apprentice was the toast of Australian racing.

Tarrant combined with Gold Coast trainer Helen Page to win the $175,000 G2 Villiers Stakes with Rudy at Randwick.

Yesterday it was Hansen who was dishing out the accolades.

"It was a very heady ride by Luke and he knows what to do," he said. "Luke didn't fight with him and the horse was comfortable doing what he was doing so it worked out well."

Narsons Duke ($5.10) led by 10 lengths at one stage before being reeled in late in the race by second-placed Deter ($3.40) and Lynard Skynard ($7.20), who claimed third.

But the four-year-old was not to be upstaged and held on for a four-length win.

Hansen put Narsons Duke's fabulous run down to some time away from the track to recharge the batteries.

"He won first-up last time from his spell and obviously he goes good fresh this horse," he said.

"I will let him settle down for the next week or so and then freshen him back up in a few weeks time here."

- ANTHONY BRAND


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