Jockey counts his blessings
JOCKEY Allan Robinson twice went within a whisker of disaster before brilliantly winning yesterday's $45,000 South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club South Grafton Cup aboard Saranac at the Grafton racecourse.
Nearing the home turn of the 1600m feature, with Robinson bursting for room, Saranac twice clipped the heels of another runner, with the hoop praying his mount would stay upright.
"Right on the point of the home turn I was on one of the leader's heels and there was clip, clip. I said 'stay up, please stay up'," Robinson said.
"Once I got out three wide he just burst away from them."
The scarey incident went virtually unnoticed by the big crowd but Robinson revealed the moment to winning trainer, Tamworth-based Craig Martin.
Robinson's win on the five-year-old gelding was his first success in the South Grafton Cup although the wise-cracking Newcastle-based rider lists two Ramornie Handicaps and a Grafton Cup on his impressive CV during the July Racing Carnival. Saranac's blinding finishing burst left his rivals standing, the gelding scoring by 1-3/4 lengths from early leader, Taree-trained Leg Irons.
Locally-trained horses Sandy Shore (third), High Octave (fourth) and Concitare filled the next three placings.
Sandy Shore's trainer Greg Howells said yesterday he would discuss a start in Thursday's $175,000 XXXX Gold Grafton Cup (2400m) with the mare's owners 'later tonight'.