One for the ages as old guard fight out jockeys’ premiership race as new breed looms on the horizon   Leave a comment

One for the ages as old guard fight out jockeys’ premiership race as new breed looms on the horizon

Williams rode a typically smooth race to win aboard Supido up the straight at Flemington on Saturday.

Craig Williams gets Supido (rails) home in a fighting finish over Katelyn Mallyon and Rou

Craig Williams gets Supido (rails) home in a fighting finish over Katelyn Mallyon and Rough Justice. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

IN the short term, Craig Williams is looking ahead and slightly behind in the race for the premiership.

Dwayne Dunn after riding Il Cavallo to victory. Picture: Getty Images

Dwayne Dunn after riding Il Cavallo to victory. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

It was his only win for the day and he now sits on 55 metro wins, two behind Dwayne Dunn, who rode a double, and equal with Damien Oliver, who rode a treble.

There are three meetings to go, 23 flat races.

It’s an Infectious battle, as much because of the back stories as the scoreboard.

If Dunn wins it will be his first metro title in Melbourne. Now in his mid-40s and arguably at the height of his career, Dunn has a few more years as an elite jockey but each season is different and this will be his best chance. That said, he begins a suspension today that could see him stop in the shadows of the post.

Like Oliver a week ago, Williams said the race for the premiership has injected some excitement to the cold winter months, saying he, Ollie and Dunn were having great seasons.

But Williams has a cautious eye in the rearview mirror.

The third race at Flemington was the Rising Stars Final, a race restricted to apprentices.

The race featured three females and nine males and was won by Jordan Childs, the son of former great Geg Childs, aboard Lilly Dazzler.

Childs has already proven a star of the future and reinforced it with a confident ride that required a gutsy push into the clear midway up the straight.

Williams took notice. Kids like Childs and the others who competed in the third race are Williams’, Oliver and Dunn’s rivals of the future.

“The way they’re riding it will be more than us fighting out these premierships,’’ he said.

There was evidence on Saturday away from the race restricted to apprentices that the “Big Three’’, now either close to 40 or well into their forties, are not safe at the top.

Dwayne Dunn drives Il Cavallo to the post to maintain his lead in the title fight. Pictur

Dwayne Dunn drives Il Cavallo to the post to maintain his lead in the title fight. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

Former Perth apprentice Chris Parnham has now entered the senior ranks and is widely expected to one day prove among the very best in town.

He won the second race aboard longshot Mio Dio and four races later Katie Mallyon proved again that she is among the best frontrunning riders in town; male or female, senior or apprentice.

Tom Sadler usually rides Charmed Harmony but Sadler’s suspension meant Mallyon took the ride, as she did at Caulfield two starts back, leading all the way.

It was a carbon copy on Saturday.

Mallyon shot the favourite across from a wide gate and from there the Bruce Gadsden Handicap was a procession.

Sadler, filling in for his father John, praised Mallyon’s “soft hands’’ but also put her on notice.

“I ride him well too,’’ Sadler said with a smile.

“But she really suits him, she’s kind and soft with him and he’s not the sort of horse you argue with. She just gets along with him,’’ he said.

“But I’ve got a little plan (for Mallyon). She might fall down some stairs or something.’’

Mallyon refused to take full credit, saying Charmed Harmony “just never stops.’’

“I wish they were all that easy,’’ she said.

“I don’t think anyone (on Saturday morning racing radio) tipped him. He proved them all wrong again.’’

Holiday for whip-welding Bayliss

APPRENTICE Jake Bayliss was suspended by Racing Victoria stewards for 10 meetings after being found guilty of using his whip 10 times before the 100m in a forehand manner on Black Tomahawk which finished second in the final race.

This is five times more than permitted.

Bayliss suspension will commence at midnight July 19 and finished at midnight on July 29.

Damien Oliver boots home Jalan Jalan, the first of a winning treble. Picture: Getty Image

Damien Oliver boots home Jalan Jalan, the first of a winning treble. Picture: Getty Images Source: Supplied

SUNDAY FIX

HOT TO TROT

Jalan Jalan is a “lamb’’ at home according to respected Caulfield trainer Colin Little. So when Jalan Jalan sweated up badly before bolting in at Flemington on Saturday, Little wondered if he’d put the wrong horse on the float. “I checked the brands at one stage,’’ he said.

CLOCK SMASHER

Trainer Mick Kent reckons Supido might win a race either side of the spring carnival but the clock suggests Supido might be a bit better than that. The impressive straight course winner ran his 800m to 400m split in a very slick 21.3sec, on a soft track.

CHRISTMAS IN JULY

For the first time (bar Christmas Day) in at least 50 years New Zealand had a race-free Saturday. The two gallops meetings at New Plymouth and Te Rapa were washed out and there were no trots or dogs meets. The Kiwis spent the day punting on the Aussie races.

SHE SAID IT

“A Saturday winner at Flemington, that’s one off the bucket list. Onwards and upwards, I’ll be up at five tomorrow morning but after today it will be a bit easier.’’ Monica Croston after winning her first race at Headquarters with Lilly Dazzler.

Jordan Childs and Lilly Dazzler claim Michael Dee and Iteration to win the third race. Pi

Jordan Childs and Lilly Dazzler claim Michael Dee and Iteration to win the third race. Picture: Getty Images Source:Getty Images

FLEMINGTON BIG BETS

RACE ONE

Jalan Jalan was $3.20 but blew to start at $4. Demonstrate drifted from an opening price of $3.20 out to $4.40 before a late rally saw it jump at $4.20.

Bellomo was tipped to run a big race with late money seeing it move from $17 into $13.

RACE TWO

Bishops Castle had strong support early ($4.60-$3.40), before it drifted back out to $4 come jump time. Handsome Tycoon had its admirers as did Benchi Pegasus, while Mio Dio was specked at a price.

BIG BET: Bishops Castle $3000 $3.70

RACE THREE

Most punters were with Iteration. TAB opened it up at $5 and money came almost immediately including a bet of $1000 @ $4.80 earlier in the week. It touched $4 before getting back out to $4.60 mainly due to the support for several other runners including Melaluca ($11-$8), Lily Dazzler ($13-$11) and Kept Woman ($10-$9).

BIG BET: To Be Honest $3000 @ $8

RACE FOUR

This was one of the wider betting races of the day leading into this afternoon’s race.

Punters couldn’t figure out whether they wanted to back the favourite or go with a bit of value.

In the end, favourite punters were cheering as they backed Il Cavallo from $3.50 to $2.80. It was clearly the best backed runner in the race.

The Thief, Kaiser Sun, Its Poets Day and Tansy ($4.60-$4.20) all had support.

BIG BET: Its Poets Day $7500 @ $10

Easy as you like as Dwayne Dunn and Herstory leave their rivals behind. Picture: Getty Im

Easy as you like as Dwayne Dunn and Herstory leave their rivals behind. Picture: Getty Images Source: Getty Images

RACE FIVE

Herstory proved to be a horror result for TAB. Opening at $4.40 it crunched into $3 with 45 per cent of the total investment resting with the winner.

Lirabird ($11-$8) was one of the better tried to beat the fav as was Amarela ($8).

BIG BET: Herstory $2000 @ $3.10

RACE SIX

Supido was the one most punters wanted since the market opened on Wednesday. One of the first bets written for it was $2000 @ $3.50. Lord Esprit ($12-$5) was the only one seriously tried to test the favourite while Rough Justice was never seriously backed but ran his usual honest race.

BIG BET: Supido $2000 @ $3.50, $2,200 @ $3.20

RACE SEVEN

Charmed Harmony was yet another horror result for the TAB, making it three losing results in a row.

Opening at $3 it was crunched into as low as $2.25 at one point before eventually starting at $2.45.

It held twice as much money as the next most popular runner, that being Khutulun ($8.50).

Pago Rock was well backed each way while Club Command attracted its usual supporters.

BIG BET: Charmed Harmony $5000 @ $2.75, $6500 @ $2.45, $5000 @ $2.40

RACE EIGHT

Actuariat was heavily backed in the hour leading into the race. It was $3.30 in the morning and into $3 at approximately 3pm. Thereafter, TAB customers lined up to back it into $2.30, however, after missing the start it was never a winning hope.

Abbasso ($6.50) and Majestic Duke ($6.50) were the two best backed to beat the favourite, while Kareeming ($14) was popular with each way punters as was Rivers Lane ($18).

BIG BET: Actuariat $2292 @ $2.60

RACE NINE

Punters were spot on in the last, backing the in-form Waller camp to cheer Bagman home.

Ridden by Damien Oliver, it was $4.60 into $4 before getting back out to $4.40.

It commanded approximately 40 per cent of the total investment. Shikarpour ($4.20), like last start, was one of the more popular runners in the race as was Clemo ($5).

Flemington racecourse as the sun comes down on another memorable day at headquarters. Pic

Flemington racecourse as the sun comes down on another memorable day at headquarters. Picture: Getty ImagesSource: Getty Images

Originally published as One for the ages

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Posted July 19, 2015 by belesprit09 in Uncategorized

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