Jockey in perfect tribute as horse owned by Shane Warne wins first ever race

A jockey paid a perfect tribute to Shane Warne after guiding a racehorse the cricket legend owned to its maiden victory.

Sacred Oath was part-owned by the Aussie spinner, who died last month at the age of 52. The three-year-old colt had only ever raced twice before, but sprinted to its maiden victory in a race on Saturday in Australia's Gold Coast.

The horse had fallen at its last event, so there were the usual concerns as it returned to action. But there was no need to worry as he lived up to his status as favourite to dominate the race and cross the line first.

Jockey Noel Callow was delighted with the victory and punched the air as he and his steed crossed the line. He also had the perfect celebration for the occasion, as he paid tribute to Warne who couldn't be there to see the horse win.

After his fist pump, he steadied himself on top of the still-galloping horse before mimicking the cricketer's famous spin bowling action with his right arm. It was a fitting way to mark the occasion.

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Managing owner Jarred Magnabosco took to social media to highlight the blink-and-you'll-miss-it nod to the late great. "How about Noel Callow giving the leg spin for @ShaneWarne past the post!" he wrote. "Incredible to get the maiden out of the way for all connections!"

Racing expert Campbell Brown added: "Very sentimental win that. Well done [trainer] David [Vandyke] to get the horse back in such good order after last starts incident. Great ride king and lovely delivery. Hope u enjoyed that SK [spin king].

Vandyke had to be careful and patient in his efforts to get the colt ready to race again after he ran into the running rail in his last race in March. Ahead of his return to action, he spoke of how he was looking forward to seeing the horse running again with Warne's name still on the ownership documents.

"He is good, he trialled good last week and he is in a good place," the trainer said. "I think there was a degree of stress from it, he was highly strung at the trials the other week, he jumped and wanted to charge a bit. He had a good experience and that was the main thing so hopefully he carries that forward into his race."

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