Winning ride is simply the best
PORT MACQUARIE jockey Peter Graham made punters wait till the third event at yesterdays Coffs Harbour Tradelink meeting to demonstrate why he's now considered the best country-based rider in the state.
After drawing the extreme outside gate at the tricky 1200 metre start, Graham was able to win the race on Line of Sky and end up hard against the running rail at the finish.
The win ended a frustrating run of outs for local trainer Brett Bellamy.
"The way my luck's been going I was due for a change somewhere around the traps," Bellamy grinned as he waited for the return of one of the few horses he also owns.
Bellamy was undisturbed when Graham dropped the Hurricane Sky gelding to the back of the field after the jump.
"We tried to ride him quiet at his last start at Ballina and he really finished the race off good," Bellamy said. "I knew if he could get some luck today in the run he was always going to hit the line and be hard to beat.
"So when I saw what Pete was doing I got really confident about the result."
Bellamy also started favourite The Bhagwan, who was storming home out wide without looking likely to trouble the winner.
The winning rider confessed he had the feeling of confidence a long way from home.
"Luck always plays a part when you're drawn wide," Graham said modestly, "but everything went according to plan."
Graham was this week named the recipient of the 'Jockey of the Year' award from the Country Racing Council of New South Wales.