Junior Jamie's a riding winner
IF advice never to send a boy on a man's errand was followed, then it's possible apprentice jockeys would not have outshone the seniors and ridden the full program at Coffs Harbour on Easter Saturday.
Underrated junior Jamie Quinnell outgunned his high profile rival Ben Looker with a career-best four winners for the day, while much-improved Michael Hellyer rode a winning treble.
Looker finished winless after knocking back rides at the bumper Newcastle card to concentrate on trying to win the Northern Rivers Racing Association premiership.
Allan 'Smiling Assassin' Chau landed the first event before heading home to the Port Macquarie meeting where he collected the feature Easter Cup on Eireplay.
Chau brought hot favourite Leica Alot down the outside of the field with a run that began before the home turn to photo-finish the Gordon Yorke-trained Marozia out of victory.
"Just can't win one today," Yorke dead-panned, after again finishing runner-up in the second race.
Yorke's galloper Cap Vilano stayed back near the fence and looked to be entering a strong challenge in the straight under stable rider Yasushi Fujimoto before racing erratically when coming between horses, forcing the jockey to stop riding and straighten.
While this was going on Quinnell was stoking up Sugarmiss who was last as the field cornered and the beautifully-bred filly flashed home to the outside of the field to win running away for trainer Ken Lantry.