Brooker rid­ing high

Townsville Bulletin - - SPORT - NATHAN EX­ELBY

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.

THUMBS UP: Tiffani Brooker has had 50 metro wins this sea­son.

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