Quinnell a shot for twin wins
ONE-TIME racing whiz kid Jamie Quinnell can kick-start his stalled riding career today at the Coffs Harbour TAB meeting.
Now back riding on home turf after a successful, but sometimes turbulent period in Sydney racing, Quinnell has two prime chances to get back on the winners’ list.
For a syndicate of owners including Racing Club chairman Alan Johnson, Quinnell will ride consistent Brett Bellamy-trained filly Tuppatonic in the Westpac Benchmark 55 Handicap over 1900m.
One race later jovial trainer Jim Jarvis will leg the former star apprentice aboard The Annihilator, another consistent commodity in the 1300m Skilled Benchmark 70 Handicap.
After two unlucky city runs in Brisbane when he drew gates near the car park, the improving colt blitzed a strong field at the Gold Coast on February 19 and has drawn barrier two today against a similar field.
Born into a racing family, the naturally-talented Quinnell rode winners consistently from his debut meeting and peaked with 67 winning rides in the 2007-08 season.
After a period with the Bellamy stable in Coffs Harbour, including a premiership victory, he switched indentures to Kevin Moses at Randwick but increasing weight and run-ins with the stewards slowed his momentum.
Now a senior, Quinnell rides at 54kg and from limited opportunities has piloted five winners since August 1 including three since heading back to the Northern Rivers.
Heavy rain during the past week will have an effect on the track but after nothing more than showers yesterday, the final track inspection this morning is expected to green light the meeting.
Lismore almost made it to the end of Saturday’s matinee meeting but with the rain increasing and visibility reduced, stewards decided to abandon the final event.
Meanwhile, Nambucca River Jockey Club is booked to race next Saturday at Bowraville and officials will be watching the skies in coming days after already losing a meeting this season.