Triple treat for Gold Coast jockey
IT was business as usual when Gold Coast jockey Chris Whiteley rode a winning treble at the Lismore Turf Club TAB race meeting yesterday.
The 37-year-old finished the afternoon in style when he rode the seven-year-old gelding Forest Redgum ($7) in a Benchmark 72 Handicap (1000m) to claim his third win.
He also rode winners on Sianna's Song ($4) in the Maiden Plate (1200m) and Superb Effort ($6) in the Class 1 Handicap (1100m).
"I thought my first ride of the day was the best," Whiteley said.
"Better rides help and I rode for some good stables today.
"I've had days where I've ridden four or five winners, but winning three shows you're in good form and trainers take notice of that.
"Forest Redgum was a good run. He sliced a lead and they weren't going to catch him."
In other races, Court-room Drama ($11) had its first win at Lismore in almost four years, taking out the Trinity Cup Benchmark 60 (1400m), while Keen Street ($8) set a class record when the three-year-old filly took out the 3yo Maiden Handicap (1200m).
"There was a lot of pace on and they were going far too quick at the front," Lismore trainer Owen Glue said.
"We were back last, but he came into a nice gap and then finished it off nicely.
"It doesn't surprise me that it's a class record because the track is in superb condition and they've been running fast times all day.
"I was banking on her today and we'll have to look at the calendar to see if any suitable races are coming up."
The next race meeting locally is at the Ballina Jockey Club on Saturday.