Alysha Col­lett leads pre­mier­ship

Franklin County News - - SPORT - MICHELLE SABA

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.

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