Robbo riding for a windfall
By TONY WHITE
WISE-cracking jockey Allan Robinson stands to collect a $20,000 bonus from a controversial high profile associate if he can break the Australian record for the most number of wins this season.
The 39-year-old yesterday rode a winning treble at Grafton to take his season tally to 202.5.
"A good mate of mine said to me six months back there would be $20,000 there if I break the record and confirmed it only recently," Robinson revealed.
Robinson would not publicly reveal the name of the 'associate' but The Daily Examiner understands it is a well known Sydney punter who has made national headlines recently.
Robinson set the national riding record in 1999-200 riding 207.5 winners but the mark was subsequently lifted to 216 by perennial, Country, NSW and Australian premiership winner, Dubbo-based Ryan.
Ryan is second in all three premierships with 179.5, one in advance of Port Macquarie jockey Peter Graham, who rode four winners at Grafton yesterday, on 179.
"The only thing they'll see of me is my back," Robinson joked in reference to his two main contenders.
Robinson is currently riding under a stay of proceedings after being outed for being overweight at Gosford on June 8.
Robinson was suspended from June 18 until July 2, just prior to the Grafton July Racing Carnival.
Robinson's appeal will be hear next Wednesday and he is expected to be represented by high profile Sydney solicitor and friend, Chris Murphy.
His winners yesterday were in the first three races -- King Of Fitzroy, Morcom House and Spaggy.
Graham saluted aboard Spring Star, Sandikelly, Ramornie contender Sircolo and Kel Price.
Another rider to the fore yesterday was 39-year-old Japanese jockey, Yasushi Fujimoto.
Fujimoto rode his first Australian winner aboard outsider Trelante for Coffs Harbour-based trainer Gordon Yorke.
Fujimoto rode over 560 winners in his homeland including numerous Group victories.
He was out of the saddle for three years when, after arriving in Australia, he was savagely kicked by a horse during trackwork.
"His liver was kicked almost through his back, the horse hit that hard," Yorke said.
"He suffered lung damage too. He stopped breathing but they managed to get his ticker (heart) going again. He's a lucky boy to be alive."
Yesterday Fujimoto's parents Mr Shigeo and Mrs Kyoko were at the track to watch their son's win after holidaying from Japan.
Fujimoto's partner, Asami Tsuda, said her 'man' had worked hard to get back into the racing game after the track he was licensed to ride at in Japan closed and the injury setback, adding "we love Australia."