Lynch saddles up Heir Of Windsor
WIN, lose or draw with four horses engaged at Grafton today trainer Mark Lynch intends to celebrate.
“I turn 46 tomorrow,” the former top jockey who rode internationally and piloted more than 1500 winners said yesterday.
And Lynch will revive memories of his youth when he saddles up debutant Heir Of Windsor in the Bidvest 3YO Country Plate (1100m).
The Clang gelding is part-owned by Gold Coast-based Laurie Bricknell and will be ridden by Brisbane jockey Jason Taylor, married to Bricknell’s daughter Alana.
“When I was just a kid, 16 or 17 and went to the Gold Coast with Jimmy Patterson, we had horses for Laurie,” Lynch recalled.
“I ran into him at the Gold Coast a while back, he asked me what I was doing and I told him I was training a couple at Grafton.
“He said he might send me down a horse and Heir Of Windsor arrived a couple of months back.”
Asked if he’d had luck with the well known racing identity Lynch laughed.
“Never rode a winner for him,” he added.
Lynch will also saddle up another first starter Pigs Might Fly (Matthew McGuren) in the same event.
Lynch said he’d been happy with Heir Of Windsor since arriving.
“I’m happy with what he’s done but he’s still new to racing. Whatever he does tomorrow he’ll improve on,” Lynch said.
Topweight and last start Grafton winner Darshan Joh from the John Shelton yard, has been bumped up to 1.5kg to 59kg.
“He’s not that big and the weight is a factor,” Shelton said.
“He was strong on the line over 1000 metres last start but has still got to get the 1100 metres with 59 kilos.”
Stable apprentice Josh Jones retains the mount.
Lynch and his partner-foreman Gail Miller will also saddle up Oh Canada in the Bloomer Transport Benchmark 54 Handicap (1402m) and Grand Corso in the Grafton Air Benchmark 60 Handicap (1602m).
“The old fella Grand Corso will go all right provided the track isn’t too rain effected,” Lynch said.
“If he goes okay I’ll sneak him up to Brisbane for a couple of staying races.”
Grand Corso, a Jasen Watkins mount, has been midfield at his past three local runs but is nearing peak fitness and should appreciate dropping in grade.