Marco lands double
IT WAS a day of mixed fortunes for Trevor Hardy's Hong Kong apprentice Marco Chui at the Coffs Harbour race meeting on Saturday.
Chui started the day finishing last on the Ken Lantry-trained Scottalot before booting home the Trevor Hardy-trained mare Just a Babe in the second race.
He then tailed the field home on the Brett Dodson-trained Hu Sweet Thing in race three before winning the Coramba Cup on the Ken Lantry trained Shady Henrietta in race four.
Shady Henrietta obviously appreciated the drop in class after finishing down the track behind Crown Princess at Rosehill at her previous outing.
Starting at $5, Shady Henrietta was too speedy for Bloodstone over the 800 metres dash winning by one-and-a-half lengths.
For the connections of Just a Babe it was a welcome return to form for the Special Dane mare as she had been racing well below her best.
Unwanted in the betting at $11, Just a Babe obviously appreciated the 3kg claim for Chui carrying the lightweight of 51kg in beating Ella Hia and Final Objective, the odds-on favourite Peerless Star finishing a disappointing fourth.
n Damien Cahill landed his second Coffs winner when Regular Flaneur won the Northern Rivers Bookmakers Association Maiden Handicap over 1400 metres.
Cahill is originally from Ireland where he grew up in a racing family living just outside Dublin, weight problems calling a premature end to his riding career.
He moved to Coffs Harbour from his Kyogle property in March taking over the stables vacated by Lindsay Perkins.
Cahill landed his first winner with a former Perkins-trained galloper Velochee Lad in an 800 metres race.
He has only had Regular Flaneur for six of his 18 starts where the five-year-old has recorded a win, one second and two thirds.
Cahill said the key to Regular Flaneur breaking through for his first win was to ride him cold with a bit of cover.
"In his previous races he had been jumping well and going hard early so I told Patrick to give him cover and let him finish his race off and that's what he did," Cahill said.
Cahill said he is hoping to add to his stable of two horses and get a bit more recognition in the training ranks.