CO Wicklow native Shane Jackson landed one of the biggest wins of his career in Sunday’s A$100,000 Kevin Lafferty Hurdle over Warnambool’s 3,200 metres. To top the day he completed a winning double on his home track by riding one on the flat, an ideal way to celebrate his wife Lauren’s birthday.

Legged up by Symon Wilde, for whom Jackson works, Gold Medals continued his solid form this season, this being his third hurdle win in his past four jump starts. Carrying 64kgs in the genuinely heavy conditions, Jackson kept Gold Medals handy before taking over with two to jump. Kicking clear as some behind him made mistakes, Gold Medals ran home a five-length winner ahead of Paddy Flood’s mount King Of Dudes, with Richard Cully getting Earthbound up for third.