Mouse? calls it a day
By TONY WHITE
WHILE a fairytale ending failed to materialise for jockey Adrian 'Mouse' Robinson, local trainer Deane Smith was simply over the moon after Simply Viv won yesterday's $10,000 Christmas Cup (1600m) at Grafton.
Robinson made a quiet announcement to friends pre-race that his ride on $2.80 favourite Sandy Shore would be his last.
However, Sandy Shore failed to run on as expected, finishing fifth to Simply Viv, the unlucky Dugan Dan and early leader Kerouac.
"The constant battle with weight, a bad back and wear and tear has taken its toll," 35-year-old Robinson said.
"I'm going into the hotel business."
Robinson began his career with Garry White at Hawkesbury and over a 20-year period rode 800 winners.
His career highlight came when he partnered the Warwick Hailes-trained Mr Bureaucrat to victory in the Group One Doomben Cup.
"Look in this room," Robinson said pointing to the jockeys' room, "no-one in there bar Bruce Compton has ever ridden a Group One winner. No-one can ever take that away from me."
Robinson nominated the former Dr Geoff Chapman-trained Dr Grace, a multiple Group One winner, as the best horse he had ridden.
"Mentally riding can get you down, no fluid in your body or brain," Robinson said.
"I've just got sick of getting up in the mornings and having to pull three or four kilos off to go to the races.
"I've got a mate who has got a number of hotels and he's going to teach me the game."
Robinson is separated, but has two children ? Ebony 6, and three-year-old Joel.
"The kids are in Cootamundra and I want to be closer to them," he said.
Meanwhile, five-year-old gelding Simply Viv has been a good horse for Smith.
Smith bred Simply Viv, who is by Vividly out of Simply Crackers, a mare Smith trained to win three races.
"She (Simply Crackers) was put to a private stallion, Vividly, at Murwillumbah," Smith said.
"Vividly won four races during the winter carnival in Brisbane and started favourite in either the Doomben 10,000 or Stradbroke.
"He is best known as the regular travelling partner for the champion Manikato (1978-79 Horse Of The Year)."
Smith races Simply Viv with David Zahleitter who was in Tahiti during yesterday's race.
Simply Viv was ridden by Brett Poulos who is back with Ken Lantry at Coffs Harbour after spending time on the Gold Coast, but expected to head to Sydney shortly.
Smith said Simply Viv, who has now won its past two starts, is likely to head to Sydney or Brisbane for his next start.