Gold Fields provides Baster with perfect swansong

Gold Fields provides Baster with perfect swansong

 

Gold Fields (7 g Churchill Downs – Gold Delta by Encosta De Lago) backed up his last start victory in the Sale Cup (Listed, 1600m) with a fine win in the Sandown Stakes (Gr 3, 1500m) yesterday and in the process provided retiring jockey Stephen Baster with the perfect swansong.

The Logan McGill-trained seven-year-old gelding stayed on well to beat Mr Exclusive (Magnus) by a nose with another length and a quarter back to Travimyfriend (Tavistock) in third.

“It’s just amazing,” Baster said. “Even if I didn’t win on him today he was going to be my last winner because I won the Sale Cup on him and haven’t had a winner since then. But this is a bit of a fairytale really. I probably didn’t imagine him winning, to tell you the truth. I was just happy to be riding him for my last ride, with the Mark Riley and the Logan McGill connection. I had a ride for Gai e earlier in the day as well. So it’s been a great day.”