Early chatter was a favorite for around $1.35, but by the end of the Doomben card, the former star’s apprentice had turned back time, so it was a day to savor Tegan Harrison.
Harrison rode into the fine upper register of Saturday’s winners, including a memorable victory at Swanston for trainer Greg Kilner, father of the seriously injured but recovering jockey Lear.
It was a losing day for Harrison, who has surpassed 700 wins after three injury layoffs in recent years.
The win at Swanston ($21) was arguably the most memorable. There is also no doubt considering that although she passed the post first in the popular Galloper two starts before her, she was relegated due to protests.
Leah Kilner was not on the track on Saturday, recovering from an injury sustained in a crash at the Grafton race, but Gregg said the win was special.
“They can’t take it away from me. Well, I bet they can’t. They can’t show a little kindness!” said Greg Kilner.
“I almost scratched him yesterday, but I called Tegan afterward and she said make sure you race him. He needs miles.
Harrison quipped: “Last time I hurt this horse’s back.
“I asked Greg for a reprieve to let him ride again.
“I’m having a good day. I’m sure there will be bad days. I’m very happy to have a good day today.”
Harrison was denied four winners by a small margin when he rode second-choice Bundy and Cork in the final race.
Earlier, Larry Cassidy proclaimed that the beaten pot Go Wandji wasn’t the same horse as it dropped below $1.35 to give his favorite backer a shudder.
Cassidy chose to sit in the wildly popular three-wide rather than go back to the bottom, saying it was “suicidal” to sit too far from the lazy pace.
Punters who were poised to face Go Wandji, who had drifted from $1.22 to $1.35 after a delay, were rewarded by Matt Hoysted and Steve O’Dea-trained Tumbler Ridge ($9) causing a major upset .
Few Brisbane favourites get a shorter start than Go Wanji, but with Cassidy stuck between the rocks and a difficult spot to either sit three-wide or come back at the end, the run is yo. It’s shaped like a pear.
Trained by Toowoomba jockey Tom Dougal, Go Wanji is now likely to spell after failing to come up with the goods in his first test at the Open Company level.
With the color of the winning machine down, Cassidy said he would have won sitting three wide if the Toowoomba flyer had been closer to his best.
“He wasn’t the same horse today, but I haven’t lost faith in him,” Cassidy said.
“I wasn’t going to put him back in the end. It would have been suicide.
“I was 54kg and not worried about sitting three steps deep, but he just wanted to chop (his leg) and change it the whole time.”
After the race, Tumbler Ridge co-trainer Matt Whisted revealed that he entered the race thinking that Galloper “didn’t stand a chance” to knock off Go Wanji.
However, sitting out of speed in a slow-running seven-horse race, with Go Wanji trapped deep, Hoysted happily claimed an unexpected victory by a length and a half.
Tegan Harrison hits the high notes with Doomben, giving Greg Kilner’s Galloper Swanston a second chance
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