By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
TALENTED Central Queensland apprentice Chris McIver always enjoys his trips to Gladstone and yesterday wasn't any different, riding a winning double at the Ferguson Park races.
The 18-year-old is a favourite rider of many local punters and added to that popularity with wins on Bonalear and Craiglea Knight.
McIver was pleased with his winning double, saying both horses won very comfortably.
'They both ran really well for me, I was confident heading into today that both would go close and to score a winning double is great,' McIver said.
'I just knew if I gave them the chance to win, they would and they did.'
McIver said every winner he rides makes him feel like Mick Jagger with lots of satisfaction, particularly after a recent tough spell which gleaned one winner in 25 rides.
'It is always great to ride any winner, I went through a bit of a bad patch lately and to come out the other side is nice.
'When you're not winning your confidence gets battered a bit, but you just have to keep plugging away.
'On days like today, you want to do well, because like every jockey I would love to ride in a Melbourne Cup one day,' he said.