Trainer Jason Coyle relieved after lead bag drama doesn’t hamper Berry Delicious   Leave a comment

Trainer Jason Coyle relieved after lead bag drama doesn’t hamper Berry Delicious

July 18, 2015 – 4:35PM


Three in a row: Winona Costin wins on Berry Delicious at Rosehill.Three in a row: Winona Costin wins on Berry Delicious at Rosehill. Photo: Getty Images

There may never have been a happier man walk out of the stewards’ room with a $700 fine than trainer Jason Coyle at Rosehill on Saturday.

He went home a winner after Berry Delicious chalked up a hat-trick of wins, despite the drama of not having a lead bag on when she came into the mounting yard.

“It could have been a lot more costly and I’m happy with the $700 for it,” Coyle said.

The lead bag, which weighed 1.6 kilograms, was missing under two pieces of heavy packing that premier apprentice Winona Costin had used to make the weight.

“I got on and the steward just said to me check if the lead bag was there and it wasn’t,” Costin said. “Having to reweigh wasn’t the best, but she did the job.”

Chief steward Ray Murrihy wasn’t amused at the missing lead bag. “It’s a serious blue,” he told Coyle, who pleaded guilty to the charge. “It could have cost punters hundreds of thousands of dollars and even millions if it hadn’t been picked up.”

The re-weighing was the biggest drama for the progressive filly, which again took care of older rivals. She has earned herself a break and a place in races like the Sheraco Stakes and Golden Pendant in the spring.

“She will have a couple of weeks in the paddock and come back and I think she is up to those black-type races,” Coyle said.

Soviet sizzles

Soviet Courage continued on his winning way, making it three in a row when he got the better of three rivals in a race that resembled a piece of trackwork for the first half of 2400 metres.

The imported stayer has had trouble getting a bit keen in his races, but Glyn Schofield’s riding style of a long rein has helped him find his best. “If he has nothing to pull against, it is hard for him to do it,” Schofield said. “He has a turn of foot and is getting better.”

He could be another success story for Chris Waller from the Tattersall’s Sale in England, where he cost £100,000. Waller will look to a 2000-metre race for him in a couple of weeks before possibly going to the Wyong Cup.

“I’m still learning about these horses and have some new theories about them, but he has certainly found his form and has a turn of foot that can take him further,” he said.

Hutchings stays

Rory Hutchings has extended his apprenticeship in Sydney for another 12 months as he eyes off next season’s apprentice title.

The New Zealander has slowly started to gather momentum since arriving on a short-term stint on this side of the Tasman and has agreed to stay with Chris Waller, Sydney’s leading trainer, next season.

“I feel I’m riding well and I just need to get on some decent horses to carry me along,” Hutchings said. “There’s a position there to be leading apprentice in Sydney if I can and I will fly home for the big races in New Zealand and take a few rides there.”

Hutchings booted home Japonisme for his master in the Bob Ingham Handicap at Rosehill on Saturday.

Johnston’s bad day

Thought you had a bad day on the punt? Just ask Malcolm Johnston how his day went. One of Australia’s most renowned former jockeys borrowed his brother’s ute to take a promising horse he now trains, Tribe, to the races at Kembla Grange on Saturday. But after the ute blew up and was left a burnt out mess on the highway, Johnston was forced find alternate means for he and the horse to get to Kembla.

“I haven’t even told my brother about it yet,” Johnston said in an interview with Sky Thoroughbred Central when talking about Tribe’s chances.

To make matter worse, Tribe, as third favourite, beat only one runner home in the second at Kembla.

Snowed out

Johnston may have wished he didn’t eventually make it to the races, but at least he had the ability to. Bathurst trainer Paul Theobald was forced to make All Sixes a late scratching for the fifth race at Rosehill after struggling to find a viable route through the snow-covered roads from the central west to Sydney on Saturday.

Shinn’s ‘skin’

Blake Shinn certainly looked the part and Forget didn’t let him down after he donned the new “speed silks” for what was thought to be their first win in Australia.

“They’ve been used in other parts of the world successfully and there’s no reason why they won’t do well here,” Shinn said.

The figure-hugging colours are akin to swimming’s skin-tight body suits, which triggered a wave of record times when they burst onto the scene.

Vale Tommy Hill junior

Tommy Hill junior, who has worked at the gap at Randwick and the swimming pool, died after a short illness during the week. His funeral will be next Friday.

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