Victoria’s leader rider for the season Linda Meech broke new ground at Randwick on Saturday.

Not only did she become the first dual licence holder to ride in Sydney but she was also the first to win a race with the opening race victory of Star Fall.  

The Zoustar colt was scratched from the $2 million Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) in preference for running over 1000-metres in Sydney instead.

Star Fall started punters off on the right foot when he sped clear for a soft 2.3-length victory as the $2.20 favourite for co-trainers Ciaron Maher and Dave Eustace, who announced the opening of a Warwick Farm base earlier this week.

After a spirited call from the likes of Melbourne Cup winning rider Michelle Payne for Racing NSW to join Racing Victoria in permitting dual licence holders to compete, Racing NSW announced a change to the rules on December 18 with the new rule only taking effect from January 1.

Meech took just 12 days to grab yet another accolade in a season where she leads the Victorian premiership with 73 wins since August 1.

Meech only has the one horse under her name in work, that being the three-time winner Beeokay.

Meech, who added a second race win at Randwick in the second event on Smart As to her spoils for the day, told Sky Thoroughbred Central that Star Fall felt more at home than she did racing the clockwise direction.

“Probably better than I did,’’ she quipped when asked how Star Fall handled the change of direction.

“It’s the first time going that way for a while.
“He’s a really nice colt. They’ve really looked after him and he’s rewarded them today.

“I think he’s going to be well above average. He’s starting to learn his trade now. He is settling a lot better.

“His manners before the start were great and he was good in the barriers. “He’s learning and improving all the time, I really like him.”


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