Brooker riding high
TIFFANI Brooker yesterday became the first female jockey to land 50 metropolitan winners in a season in Queensland when successful on Bold Gypsy at Ipswich.
Brooker will win the Queensland apprentice title this season and in doing so, has bettered Tegan Harrison’s mark of 45 wins, which she set in 2014- 15. Harrison also rode 44 and 43 winners in 2012- 13 and 2013- 14 respectively.
Brooker’s season has been highlighted by wins in the Group 3 Gunsynd Classic ( Dreams Aplenty) and Listed Eye Liner Stakes ( Monsieur Gustave) among 70 winners in total. In the race for the state training premiership, Tony Gollan clawed one win back on Ben Currie when Miss Arabella lobbed at Ipswich.
Both trainers have strong representation at Gatton tomorrow and Doomben on Saturday. Currie leads by two wins going into the last few days of the season.
Meanwhile, top Queensland trainer Kelso Wood is battling pneumonia and has spent the past month in hospital.
Wood had double bypass surgery a number of years ago. He then had a pacemaker put in, which was understood to be successful and later had a stent put in his leg, making it three operations in as many weeks.
Family expect to know more about Wood’s potential for recovery later this week.