However, a call from Godolphin coach James Cummings earlier in the week led to a career-defining moment for Jennings – a win over Colette in the $ 7.5 million Iron Jack Golden Eagle (1,500 m).
Jennings admitted he was “speechless” after the biggest win of his nine-year riding career.
“All I can say is to thank James Cummings and the entire Godolphin team for putting me on a beautiful little mare like this one,” Jennings said. “She’s the toughest horse I’ve ever sat on. I’m glad I did my job. ”
Koby Jennings made the most of his call to James Cummings to ride Colette in the Golden Eagle. Image: Getty Images
Colette got there – but only just now!
Jennings brought Colette ($ 10) straight to the line from last place on the long run to Icebath ($ 6) corner and hit with a short head, with Dawn Passage ($ 21) less than one Third away.
Funstar, a $ 4.80 favorite, came off underdog suspension and settled outside of the leader but was tired from the corner and finished second to last.
Alligator Blood ($ 10) struggled in wet conditions before finishing only 15th.
Colette and Icebath were far from each other and the target tricked most people, including Jennings.
“If you told me to look at the photo, I couldn’t do it. Everyone looked at me and said I think you won, ”Jennings said. “It’s an incredible feeling. ”
Jennings is known for his laid-back manner, but caught Cummings off guard when the coach called to book him for the Golden Eagle ride on Colette.
“I called Koby during the week and laughed,” said Cumming.
“He was so relaxed that I had to ask him if he goes fishing? He said no, I’m not, but actually I’m going to watch a fishing show!
“I knew I had a pretty relaxed client on this horse. ”
Cummings said his instructions to Jennings were simple, “I told him to just run the half-mile race like it was a mile and a half because it’ll eat up the ground late.
Colette enjoyed the tough conditions at Rosehill Gardens. Image: Getty Images
“Koby kept his head and she trashed the line. It looked like a holy crown there for the last 100 m. ”
Colette made $ 4.1 million for her win by having connections nominated the Team Tye Foundation for a $ 410,000 donation.
The profit margin of a short head cost connections from Icebath $ 2.6 million!
But Icebath’s trainer Brad Widdup still wore a winner’s smile after the race.
“We were beaten by a better horse on the line, but I can’t be happier,” said Widdup. “It was a 10 out of 10 trips from the kid (apprentice Tom Sherry) so there is no heartache for us at all.
“To enter a $ 7.5 million race and use some of the money for charity – our 10 percent goes to the Mark Hughes Foundation – we’re just done.
“We only had two runners today, Switched won and we ran a $ 7.5 million race with Icebath in second place. We are just excited. ”
Sherry described Icebath’s run as “a massive effort in securing quickly”.
Koby Jennings couldn’t hide his joy after winning the Golden Eagle. Image: Getty Images
“She was stopped just half a step up the straight, but it has slacked off a lot,” said Sherry.
Dawn Passage looked like the winner for a moment as he stormed forward halfway.
“He went so well, I was very proud of his efforts,” said jockey Tim Clark. “I thought I was the winner in the 300 m. It wasn’t supposed to be, but he put a blind man in it. ”
Funstar is known as the Mud Lark, but jockey Tommy Berry said the mare struggles in wet conditions.
“We came over comfortably from the wide barrier and had a nice, easy time halfway, but I had problems around the corner,” said Berry.
Ryan Maloney had a similar story of suffering after his ride on Alligator Blood.
“We got to a nice place and we traveled very well, but as soon as I let go of his head his wheels spun,” said Maloney.
ON THE TRACK
It seems like a shift from James Innes Jr. to Bottega Icebath during the Golden Eagle would have easily stopped in the straight and cost Brad Widdup’s mare the $ 7.5 million race. The incident occurred at 300m when Bottega shut off Icebath for a step before going down to Colette in a photo finish. Innes Jr. was charged with a minor offense and, thanks to his good record, was suspended for three sessions.
Criaderas was back in the barriers on Saturday when he got a few lengths away from them in the Golden Eagle. “There was a lot of shouting from the jockeys and my horse got a little fresh,” said Jockey Keagan Latham. The horse was grabbed by a barrier attendant when the horse whipped. He kept his head down and that’s when the damage happened. “I heard a phone call, but didn’t see much wrong, and then I gave the go-ahead,” said starter Dale Jelfs. The stewards thought it got off to a fair start because the barrier attendant was helping Criaderas instead of holding him back when the gates flew open. If he’d gotten off clean he would have preferred to win than Colette. It’s very expensive in a $ 7.5 million race.
Young jockey Tom Sherry should get a lot more top rides on Saturday after his efforts in Rosehill. He went out of his way to get Icebath across the line in the Golden Eagle before being put on the line by Colette. He said he was doing his best, as all apprentices must do, to get used to riding different horses and not being able to ride one regularly. “It’s an integral part of the game. The older jockeys call for the rides and the apprentice is picked up, ”said Sherry. “You can’t beat experience and I’m looking for ways to gain that experience.” He took advantage of his first run for Godolphin yesterday, driving Segalas well to get a win. “It’s very effective,” Darren Beadman said of sherry. “He’s a strong driver and did a good job.”
Tommy Sherry (left) and Icebath were piped on the spot by Colette. Image: Getty Images
The golden eagle’s victorious jockey, Koby Jennings, also deserves much credit. It delivered one of the biggest awards in Australian racing for Godolphin. He doesn’t have many ways to lead horses, but generally when he does he gives them every chance.
Katelyn Mallyon, Bruce McAvaney, Richard Freedman and Lizzie Jelfs were all asked to name their top three jockeys currently in Australia, and none of them had Hugh Bowman on their list. James McDonald headed three of the four lists.
HAPPY 700TH, JAMES
Segalas’ win was the 700th win for James Cummings at Godolphin. He recently told this column that he could see himself as responsible for the power station for decades. In this case, imagine the statistics.
Tommy Berry couldn’t believe how bad Kirwan’s Lane’s $ 6 chance at Rosehill was in fourth place as he ran eighth of nine and 13 lengths ahead of Archanna. “It was more than disappointing. He never traveled with me at any point in the race, ”said Berry. “As soon as the speed increased, I was under pressure. It was too good to be true. ”
Deprive could mean a spell. He ran penultimate in the Yes Yes Yes Stakes and jockey Rachel King said he was not in top form. “I can’t find many excuses, but he probably didn’t travel as well as he usually does in a race,” she said. “The wet floor wasn’t a problem. At the last start he gave me a hint that he wasn’t quite at his best. ”
Farnan failed to shoot in the Coolmore Stud Stakes. Image: Getty Images
Jason Collett used the whip nine times before the 100m chased Miss Einstein Segalas. Because of his good record, he got away with a fine of only $ 200.
A FRESH START FOR FARNAN?
What is the future for Farnan after the Coolmore Stud Stakes? What else does he have to prove? He may have pulled lame, but with all the problems he’s had since the Slipper win, it’s hard to see him come back and win this fall. A Stud career is not far away.
Danny O’Brien called again during the week to reduce the VRC Derby trip from 2500 m to 2000 m, as the early three year olds have high demand. He described Saturday’s derby as “a benchmark 64 race” and it’s hard to argue. Melbourne Derby Day is considered the best on the racing calendar, but the main race is always one of the worst on the map.
Damien Oliver only had three Group 1 Flemington Carnival rides for Gai Waterhouse and all of them were wins. Shout The Bar’s was his first since winning the Melbourne Cup for them on Fiorente.
The story from Melbourne on Saturday was that AFL coach Denis Pagan, who won the Premier League, won the PRC derby as coach with Johnny Get Angry. Which NRL trainer could do it as a coach? Imagine Craig Bellamy’s reaction to a jockey being caught three deep without cover.
HORSES TO FOLLOW: Stockman (will get better lonely) Macroura (don’t flinch), King’s Trust (ready to win).
ONE TO BAG: Misteed (doesn’t win enough), Cock Match (again disappointing).
RIDE OF THE DAY: Koby Jennings on Colette (don’t panic and delivered the big prize).
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I called him during the week and had to laugh. He was so relaxed that I asked him if he was fishing? He said no, it’s not me, but actually I watch a fishing show, “said James Cummings of Koby Jennings, who brought him the golden eagle.
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