Jordan Childs could hear the words of his father Greg ringing in his ears as the field for the $60,000 MRC Membership Handicap (1400m) thundered for home at Sandown Lakeside on Monday.
"He actually called me on the way to the races this morning and he said 'don’t get too far back' and I was quite a way back but I think the blinkers really made a real difference to the horse," Childs said after he won the race on Wham.
The reason his father had so much interest in the otherwise nondescript benchmark 64 was because he owns a small portion of the Michael Moroney-trained horse.
Wham ($3.80 favourite) did get a long way out of his ground but came with a super burst of speed to win running away by a length and three quarters over Confluence ($5.50), who edged out The Card Players ($12).
"He’s been knocking on the door and my parents have a share so I was glad to keep them happy and get another win on the board," the jockey said.
"I didn’t think there was going to be that much speed in it but it was a pretty genuine run race and I was able to track up around the corner.
"He still hits the front and has a bit of a look but hopefully he can build some confidence from here."
Wham is one of two horses owned by Childs Snr, who is best remembered for his association with the mighty Kiwi mare Sunline 20 years ago. He also has a share in the Archie Alexander-trained Saccharo, who his son won his maiden on in August 2018.