Apprentice jockey Anthony Allen steers Dundigin home for an easy win.
Apprentice jockey Anthony Allen steers Dundigin home for an easy win. BRUCE THOMAS

A breakthrough win at last

IT was win number 13 for apprentice jockey Anthony Allen when Dundigin streaked away to an impressive 6 and 3/4-length win in yesterday’s Xypex Maiden Plate at Coffs Harbour.

It was just the luck that the Canadian Silver mare needed, trainer Wayne Lawson said yesterday.

“It’s taken 20 starts for the run of thirds to finally end and it was a great ride by the kid,” Lawson said.

Dundigin had recorded a runner-up finish and six thirds in 19 frustrating starts. Lawson admitted that he was lucky that the owners always backed her each-way.

“If the six thirds weren’t there then I’d be under a lot more pressure but the guys back each-way so they’re happy,” he said.

“But if those six thirds happened to be fourths then she mightn’t be with me any more, they might have had enough.”

Lawson had only engaged the young apprentice to ride for him once before and that was about a year ago.

There might be plenty of rides in the future though after yesterday.

He was full of praise for the ride yesterday though as he knows how difficult the four-year-old can be.

“She’s very headstrong and doesn’t really like jockeys getting on her and telling her what to do,” he said.

“The more senior riders get on her and try and keep control.

“There was a lot of speed in the race so I told Anthony before the race that when he thinks it’s time to go, just count to 20 and wait and he did.

“Normally blokes think ‘I’m travelling here’ and go too early and go for it, but the kid didn’t do that.

“I think he’s got a lot of potential, the kid.

“She does like it with a bit of sting out of the ground but I think just ridden quiet is the way to go and Anthony did everything to a tee.”



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