Nice Award for finishing first
By STEVE SPINKS and CHRIS SCHOLTZ
SYDNEY jockey Neil Paine made a successful trip to Ballina yesterday riding local Magic Millions prospect Court Award to victory in the Pipeline Constructions Dev Handicap (1010m).
Paine, who is one of the leading track work riders for Gai Waterhouse, has made it clear to Court Award's trainer Kevin Nipperess, of Ballina, that he wants to be the regular jockey in charge of the promising two-year-old.
Rides like yesterday will help.
Paine brought home Court Award five-and-a-half lengths clear of the second-placed Doo Ron.
Court Award will now have a two-month holiday before Nipperess takes him to Sydney in an effort to qualify for the Magic Millions.
Meanwhile, Ballina trainer Steven Lee picked up two winners to remain in third place in the NSW Country trainers premiership.
Lost Weekend and Felixtrinidad picked up the money for the Ballina trainer, while Trevor Hardy also notched two winners.
In further news, Coffs Harbour's Glen Colless, poised to be crowned Brisbane's champion jockey, will attempt to end a 16-year drought in his home town feature race next week.
First priority for Colless is to defend his two-win lead over rival Jim Byrne in the race for the Brisbane riding title with just two meetings at Eagle Farm today and Doomben on Saturday to complete the season.
Colless leads Byrne by 59 wins to 57 after both rode doubles at Eagle Farm last Saturday.
If Colless can win the premiership he can be assured of a warm home-town welcome next week when he rides at the three-day Coffs Harbour Cup carnival.
The carnival begins on Sunday and continues next Tuesday before the feature day on Thursday week when the highlight is the $70,000 Carlton Draught Coffs Harbour Cup over 2300m.
Colless has also won two Ballina and one Lismore Cup.