Double helps NSW country gun edge clear of WA rival Chris Parnham

NSW country gun Blaike McDougall boosted his claims for a maiden Australian jockeys’ premiership with a winning double at Nowra on Monday.

Victories aboard Miss Baltimore and Legal Challenge at the NSW South Coast meeting helped propel McDougall clear of WA rival Chris Parnham with less than a fortnight left in the season.

After piloting winners at Narrandera (Sunday) and Goulburn (Saturday) over the weekend, McDougall struck first on the Richard Litt-trained Legal Challenge in the Great Norther Class 1 Handicap (1400m).

He doubled his tally with a dominant 2-1/2 length success on Joseph Pride’s Miss Baltimore in the Lighthouse Plumbing Benchmark 58 Handicap (1200m).

Miss Baltimore makes it back to back wins for @PrideRacing & @BlaikeMc in the saddle 👌 pic.twitter.com/wCrtd3VYc1

It sees McDougall now sit on 193 winners (two dead-heats) for the season, two clear of Parnham (191).

However, McDougall will have to wait until Friday’s meeting on the Canberra Acton track to next jump in the saddle while Parnham gets the chance to strike back at Belmont (Wednesday) and Pinjarra (Thursday).

“It’s a pretty quiet week and there is just nothing on,” McDougall told Sky Thoroughbred Central.

“I will take some decent time off when these borders open up but for now I am just trying to go around.”

McDougall is hoping to become the first New South Wales-based jockey since Blake Shinn in 2014/15 to win the Australian jockeys’ premiership.

William Pike has won the title for the past five seasons.

McDougall also holds a 13 win lead on Tommy Berry for the New South Wales statewide premiership and will be a clear winner of the country title.

Originally published asMcDougall edges clear in national title race

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