Jockey Rhonda Mangan rides a horse she also trains to victory at Spreyton

Jockey Rhonda Mangan created history when she rode $71 bolter Perez to victory in the Maiden Plate at Spreyton on Sunday.

HISTORY MAKER: Rhonda Mangan creates modern-day history with a win on rank outsider Perez at Spreyton on Sunday. Picture: Greg Mansfield

HISTORY MAKER: Rhonda Mangan creates modern-day history with a win on rank outsider Perez at Spreyton on Sunday. Picture: Greg Mansfield

Mangan became the first Tasmanian jockey in the modern era to win a race on a horse that she also trains.

Dual licences were only re-introduced in Tasmania last year.

Licensed jockey Yassi Nishitani trained a winner, Col’s Hero, at Elwick, in April but didn’t ride it himself, instead booking Anthony Darmanin.

Mangan and partner Grant Challinger recently returned from Victoria to take up training at Seven Mile Beach and have about 12 horses in work.

She has previously held a jockey-trainer licence in Victoria but that was about 20 years ago and was only valid for picnic meetings.

Perez, having only her second start in Tasmania, showed good speed to overcome a wide barrier and hold off all challenges in the run home.

EPISODES survived a protest to record his second Tasmanian win in the Benchmark 62 Handicap.

The former Sydney galloper, who has been with Spreyton trainer Mark Ganderton for just over 12 months, beat Gee Gees Style and Kyogle Son in a close finish.

Gee Gee Style’s rider Troy Baker then protested against the winner for interference at the 200 metres.

Baker told stewards Gee Gees Style had received “a hard bump” from Episodes that forced his mount off stride and caused it to lose momentum.

“I’m certain it cost me the race,” he said.

However in a fiery hearing, Episodes’ rider Daniel Ganderton told stewards that the horse on their inside (Kyogle Son) had contributed to the interference.

“It’s a frivolous protest – I’m sick of being in this room defending myself against frivolous protests,” the jockey said.

Stewards did not agree that the protest was frivolous but did agree that Ganderton’s mount was not fully to blame and dismissed the objection on the basis that they couldn’t be satisfied the extent of the interference exceeded the margin (a half neck).

Stewards later spoke to Ganderton about the need to retain his composure during protest hearings.

TRAINER Nigel Schuuring is uncertain about the immediate future of Willby Rules who completed his fourth successive win in the DRC Centenary Cup.

Schuuring said he’d had an approach from Warrnambool trainer Jarrod McLean to send the four-year-old to Victoria.

“I’m not sure what we’ll do,” the trainer said.

“We might just put him away for a while and bring him back here for the Golden Mile in December.”

Willby Rules has now won six races, all on the synthetic track.

He sat back in the field for his latest win before charging past pacemaker Underplay to score by almost two lengths.

It was another top ride by comeback jockey Jason Maskiell who went on to complete a double on the Graeme McCulloch-trained Into The Night in the Benchmark 62 Handicap.