Muswellbrook trainer Mark Schmetzer and Scone apprentice Reece Jones team up for Sister Joy’s Tamworth victory

Scone apprentice Reece Jones. Pic: RACHEL YOUNG

Scone apprentice Reece Jones. Pic: RACHEL YOUNG

MUSWELLBROOK galloper Sister Joy burst through the pack and into open company in one fell swoop at Tamworth on Tuesday.

The Mark Schmetzer-trained daughter of Al Maher sprinted through an opening for young apprentice Reece Jones to claim the $22,000 Dutton Electrical Benchmark 58 Handicap (1000m).

The six-year-old has now won seven of her 40 starts.

“Not bad for a $10,000 horse,” Schmetzer smiled.

“She’s now won almost $100,000.”

Her prizemoney totals $94,460, a grand amount for her owners which includes Schmetzer and his father.

Jones rode his first winner at Tamworth recently and returned to notch another with a good ride to claim a half-length win from Late Return (Brett Cavanough) with the Connie Greig-trained Raheen Lady a short head away third.

“She’s honest and it we a good ride from the kid, rode her well, didn’t panic,” Schmetzer said.

Jones admitted he had a nice run and was happy to sit just in behind the pace.

“Everything worked out well,” he said after moving off the fence and finding a gap in behind the leaders.

“She’s very honest mare been unlucky with barriers.”

Schmetzer has no plans for the mare but has plenty of options.

“I’ll just find a nice little 1000m for her somewhere,” he said.