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Darryl Horner Jr steps in for injured brother to win Brierly Steeplechase

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Pressure makes diamonds but punter expectations was only part of the equation for jockey Darryl Horner Jr in Tuesday’s Brierly Steeplechase (3450m) at Warrnambool.

Horner Jr’s mount Flying Agent started as a $1.80 favourite but the jockey also had months of his sister-in-law Amy McDonald’s work getting the horse to the event on the line.

Favourite backers had a reasonably easy watch on Flying Agent but Horner Jr admitted to a few nerves piloting the gelding around the unique Warrnambool jumps track.

Flying Agent was travelling a lot better than his rivals jumping the last obstacle but had to get past the game Bit Of A Lad in the straight.

The eight-year-old powered clear late to score by 2¼ lengths.

“When I got off the strapper said,…



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