A perfectly judged front running ride aboard Catching Beams has provided apprentice Jessica Eaton a first Saturday metropolitan success.
A four-time winner previously at city midweek and night meetings, Eaton gave a polished display on Catching Beams in the Junction Club Handicap at Moonee Valley.
Sent out a $13 chance, Catching Beams held on to record a half-head win from the $3.60 favourite Mahis Angel with Welcome Stryker ($11) 3-1/4 lengths away third.
Apprenticed to Chris Meagher at Mornington, injuries, especially one recently to a knee, have impacted on Eaton’s career.
“Chris is very good and I’ve been getting a lot of support, especially from the Mornington trainers,” Eaton said.
“Chris only makes me ride a couple and then I’m able to do outside work for the Mornington trainers and on occasions I go to other tracks when needed to help out with gallops.
“To get that exposure is invaluable.
“With all the injuries I’ve had I’ve got a year-and-a-half extension time through lost momentum, so fortunately I’ve got plenty of time up my sleeve and I can work towards outriding my claim.”
Winning trainer Jerome Hunter said he would look at better class races with Catching Beams saying the three-year-old had turned the corner this preparation.
“She’s only a three-year-old filly so we’ll have to start thinking about some bigger races,” Hunter said.
“I did look at the calendar and there are a few races in Tasmania but logistically I don’t like it, so we’ll just see.
“She’s going to get better with age, so I’ve got time.”