Raymond Spokes can afford to grin like the Cheshire Cat at Coffs Harbour.
Raymond Spokes can afford to grin like the Cheshire Cat at Coffs Harbour. ROB WRIGHT

Spokes is leader of the pack

WHEN it comes to chasing this year’s Northern Rivers jockey’s premiership, there’s no doubting that Raymond Spokes enjoys having the home track advantage.

With less than three months remaining until the end of the racing year, Spokes is the current leader in the prestigious award and statistics show that he has a good chance of extending that lead on Sunday when racing returns to Coffs Harbour for the Coffs Coast Advocate Raceday.

The likeable Spokes has ridden 23 winners at the Coffs Harbour track in the 2009-10 year.

It helps that he rides for the leading stable in town run by the astute Brett Bellamy but those 23 winners speak more for the rider’s ability than that of the trainer.

On the list of jockeys and the number of winners that they’ve ridden at Coffs, Spokes’ lead is quite sensational.

His 23 winners stand out like a beacon when you compare it to the number of winners that John Keating, who is second on the list, has ridden.

Keating is a massive 17 winners behind Spokes.

Punters who get trackside on Sunday to enjoy the family fun and festivities could do worse than have the occasional flutter on a horse that Spokes is aboard.

COFFS WINNERS

Leading jockeys at Coffs Harbour for 2009-10

Raymond Spokes

23 wins

John Keating

6 wins

Stephen Traecey

5 wins

Marlon Dolendo

4 wins

Ben Looker

4 wins

Matthew Bennett

4 wins

Scott Thurlow

4 wins


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