Alysha Collett leads premiership
Seven winners in the space of five days has elevated Alysha Collett to the top of the jockeys’ premiership.
Four of the winners were at Ruakaka on Wednesday, two were at Riccarton on Saturday and on Sunday she was riding at Waipa and picked up number seven.
The improved track conditions at Ruakaka saw a host of first starters make their winning debut and Collett was successful on two of them. She rode Prior Engagement an Alamosa three-year- old gelding owned by Brookby Stables and trained by Danny Walker to win over 1400 metres, and was successful on Warset over 1200m for the Ruakaka based trainers Donna Logan and Chris Gibbs.
They trained three winners on the day. Collett was also successful on Gottagetmywhoohoo an Iffraaj six-year-old claiming his fourth win, for her Pukekohe Park based father Richard. Her fourth winner was Masters Choice a four-yearold Coat’s Choice gelding trained at Ruakaka by Kenny and Lisa Rae and Krystal Williams. He won a maiden 2100mevent.
The Rae/Williams combination were also successful with the promising Jimmy Choux three-year- old filly Inanna when she claimed back to back wins in the hands of Sam Spratt. Spratt also picked up a double at Waipa on Sunday winning on So Much Mour and Naughty Knuckles.
Another first starter to win at Ruakaka was Sistabeel, a Savabeel three-year-old filly bred by Brendan and Jo Lindsay and trained for them at Karaka by Lance Noble. He was ridden by Leith Innes and the combination was in winning form again at Te Rapa on Friday where they were successful with Save The Date.
She is also by Savabeel and was having her first start in a new campaign. Her last race was in Australia during the winter where she competed at black type level.
Innes was successful on another horse returning from an Australian campaign, this time at Hastings where he combined with the Moira and Kieran Murdoch trained Bullrush.