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Nothing silly about this winner

DOING IT EASY: Samsili bolted away in the straight to win the 2014 Ken Howard Cup by almost six lengths. Photo: Leigh Jensen / The Coffs Coast Advocate
DOING IT EASY: Samsili bolted away in the straight to win the 2014 Ken Howard Cup by almost six lengths. Photo: Leigh Jensen / The Coffs Coast Advocate Leigh Jensen

SEEING as he's ridden more winners than any other Australian jockey in history, Robert Thompson's a fair judge of how well a horse is travelling.

He's also quick to have a joke with, or at the expense of, anybody in the racing community.

Thompson did both when he described the ease of Samsili's win in this afternoon's Reg Kermode Memorial Ken Howard Cup.

Sky Sports Radio's Shawn Cosgrove had completed his hosting duties of the Westlawn Sportsman's Breakfast at the Coffs Harbour Racing Club this morning and Thompson suggested had he jumped in a saddle he would've had a winner with the Dansili gelding.

"I was absolutely jogging, 'Cossy' could've won on that one, even if he was sitting on it back to front he could've won," Thompson said.

Settling in the back half of the small field, Thompson moved around the field to hit the front shortly after straightening up before bolting away to win by five and three-quarter lengths.

The legendary hoop had nothing but praise for Coffs Harbour trainer Phillip Minter who's had the six year-old ticking over beautifully.

"Phillip's got him going enormous at the moment," he said.

"He went to the line full of running and he would've went another lap too."

Samsili was originally purchased for $260,000 with dreams of a Melbourne Cup in mind.

Injuries put paid to those hopes but since being leased to Minter and moving to Coffs Harbour, minimal track work but plenty of time at the beach has seen the gelding simply thrive with today's win being the third for Minter.

There may not be a Melbourne Cup start in Samsili's future but Thompson believes Minter could have some fun in bigger races in the near future.

"I just said to him (Minter) he should take him to Brisbane or Sydney."

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