HAVING cut his teeth in the stables next to the Coffs Harbour race track, jockey Glen Colless obviously knows that the long straight requires patience before timing your mount’s run to perfection.
Colless is more than aware that it’s not the man who throwes the first punch in a fight that wins but it’s the man who throws the last.
Colless bided his time while the pace was on in yesterday’s Carlton MID Coffs Harbour Gold Cup and waited until the final furlong to let winner Brave The Way down with an almighty run to claim the major prize.
For Colless the win aboard the Alan Bailey trained gelding was a welcome return home.
‘Spike’ as he’s affectionately known was only a 23-year-old tearaway when he last won a Coffs Harbour Cup on Sabre Luck 20 years ago.
Yesterday’s win ahead of Southern Shimmer and Gazza Guru was worth the long wait for another win on ‘home’ soil.
While Brave The Way connections were smiling broadly at the post-race presentation, Coffs Harbour Racing Club directors were grinning like Cheshire cats at how well the day panned out.
Club chairman Alan Johnson summed it up easily when asked about the crowd.
“There’s more here than last year,” Johnson said.
“The weather for the past couple of weeks has been great so the track was in perfect condition.
“And judging by the number of people here, it seems like everyone’s had a good time,” said Johnson.