Bush battler takes prize

SELF-confessed 'battler from the Tablelands' Geoffrey Snowden picked up his biggest payday when he piloted Derivative Receipt across the line in yesterday's Carlton Draught Coffs Harbour Gold Cup.

And the win was even sweeter after parents Terry and Lynne made the trip north from Valla Beach Resort to share in their son's greatest racing moment.

While mum held her emotions in check, dad let the tears flow free.

"He really deserves this, he's such a battler and such a good kid," Terry said.

Mum was especially glad to see one thing.

"They're giving him a Cup as a keepsake," she said.

"That's a nice gesture from the club as jockeys get very few mementoes from their career."

The man of hour said a snap decision made mid-race ultimately provided his greatest thrill.

"Over the back I had to make a choice to go forward in the race, or sit back and wait," Snowden said.

"I went forward and got a nice track off the leader and when I asked for effort, he kept giving it.

"The big fella took over from there and I just sat on to steer him, hoping like hell we'd hang on.

"Look at him now, he's hardly got a sweat up..."



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