Go you good thing
By GREG WHITE
FORMER Japanese rider Yasi Fujimoto will experience his busiest race day since moving to Australia with rides on six top chances at today's Coffs Harbour TAB meeting.
Five mounts have been supplied by stable boss Gordon Yorke with one outside ride coming from local trainer, Colleen Underhill.
But the ever-smiling jockey will have his biggest sideline support coming from the crew at the Coffs Coast Advocate when he jumps aboard Gallic Miss in the Toscan Homes Maiden Plate (1300m) at 4.05pm, with photographer Chris Rix and this reporter among a group of 10 racing the mare on lease from Dr Tony Arkell.
"Shane Treweek rode her at her debut in Grafton and reckons she won't be a maiden for long," Yorke said.
"With Shane under suspension I decided to put Yasi on as he rides her work and rode her last race at Coffs before a spell."
By coincidence, Fujimoto will partner Mamzelle Eiffel, a full sister to Gallic Miss, in the second race of the afternoon.
Yorke had originally contemplated a start in the 1500m maiden but switched back to the shorter distance despite feeling the daughter of Air De France may have a future as a middle distance stayer.
"She ran great in her barrier trial and is really fit for the first-up run," Yorke said, rubbing his hand down her tight rib cage.
Meanwhile, colourful jockey Allan Robinson will make his first appearance on a local racetrack since returning from an enforced 'holiday'.
Robinson resumed at yesterday's Gosford meeting and has taken a book of six rides with three apiece for Phil McLeod and Ken Lantry.