Tackman to be Laming's first Coffs Cup runner
BRISBANE (AAP): TRAINER Bevan Laming is set to saddle his first Coffs Harbour Cup runner on Thursday after his handy performer Tackman broke a 10-month drought at Doomben on Saturday.
With all eyes at Doomben focused on the jockeys' premiership battle between leader and former Coffs Harbour jockey Glen Colless, and his nearest rival Jim Byrne, Tackman, ridden by Tony Pattillo, scored a half-neck win over Grand Corso in the Ownit Homes Hcp (2140m).
Colless went into the final meeting of the season with a one-win lead over Byrne in his bid for successive titles.
Laming offered plenty of excuses for Tackman's last-start defeat when he beat only two runners home over 1610 metres at Ballina a week ago.
"He painted the outside fence last run," Laming said.
"This horse has a good record over ground and I'm taking him down for the Coffs Harbour Cup on Thursday provided the track is good.
"I've never had a Coffs Harbour runner and I'm not worried about another quick back-up."
Tackman was bred in New Zealand by Gary Chittick and was brought to Queensland for the Magic Millions sales as a yearling where he was eventually passed in.
Laming immediately booked Pattillo for the $70,000 Coffs Harbour Gold Cup (2300m) ride on Tackman, who has now won seven of his 38 starts.
Pattillo has been riding on a limited licence since making his comeback in late May after breaking his left wrist in a fall at Doomben last September.
The popular jockey rode with the injury until he was forced to have an MRI scan four days before he partnered Art Success when he failed in the Melbourne Cup won by Japanese stayer Delta Blues in November.
Pattillo required surgery on his wrist and was sidelined for six months before making his return at Ipswich in late May.