3 May 2013 - Young Goornong driver Katrina Salathiel posted her first winning double and her first interstate win at Penrith NSW last night.
On a three month stay with trainer Ian Wilson, the victories were Katrina's first from just a handful of drives in NSW. Her father, local trainer/driver Peter Salathiel said last night the Penrith drives were Katrina's first real opportunity for her to get some runs on the board in Sydney. "She drove Giggling Girl to a second there and I said to her before she drove last night that she had a real chance of winning a couple of races at Penrith," he said. Both of Katrina's winners last night were for the Wilson stable. Stephanie Major was the fourth favourite at odds of $5.70 in the Carmen Vella Ladyship Pace and Katrina's gave the mare a perfect run to flash down the outide late and win by almost 3 metres from the favourite, Poster Girl with Stephanie Major's stablemate and second favourite Mrs Devine, a similar distance back in third. The second leg of Katrina's double was Western Destroyer ($7.30) in the Vicki Vella Pace. Again the Wilson trained pacer was given a perfect run, one out and one back by Katrina but the driver was pocketed on the turn and she had to work hard to get clear. The 5yo gelding sprinted quickly late and won in a close finish defeating the more fancied stablemate Cullens Impact, the favourite for the race, by a head. "I wasn't worried as my horse was going forward and going well," Katrina said.
Katrina, 22, has been driving for less than two years and has driven about a dozen winners from limited opportunities. "I am enjoying driving here and right now my plans are to stay here for a year and drive as many winners and get as much experience as I can," Katrina said. - David Aldred
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