JUSTIN STANLEY
JUSTIN STANLEY

Stanley returns to city riding a winner



BRISBANE (AAP). ? Jockey Justin Stanley made a triumphant return to the Brisbane riding ranks by landing his first metropolitan winner in seven months on Try Some Magic in the City Pacific Finance Handicap (1350m) at Doomben yesterday.

Stanley, 24, one of the tallest riders in the country at 1.75 metres, has been battling weight problems which have restricted him to tracks on the Gold Coast, in Queensland regional areas and on the Northern Rivers.

His last city winner was aboard the Gwenda Markwell-trained Bold Matador, which dead-heated with Show Biz Kid in the Listed Dr John Power Quality (1200m) at Eagle Farm on May 15.

"I've been battling with my weight and it's been a big struggle to ride at 53 kilos," Stanley said.

"My weight has kept me out of the city and I've only ridden in town twice since my last city winner on Bold Matador."

Stanley replaced last-start rider Lacey Morrison, who badly bruised his right foot in a barrier mishap at Murwillumbah on Monday.

Joining Morrison on the sidelines was star apprentice Matt Palmer, who injured a hand when he was involved in another barrier incident at Murwillumbah.

Palmer fractured two fingers on his right hand which cost him several rides at Doomben yesterday as well as the rides on Olnistto in the Listed McDougall Stakes (1200m) and Persuades in the Listed Just Now Quality (1200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Palmer expects to be back riding before his father Gary, who is hoping to make his comeback at the $3million Magic Millions day at the Gold Coast on January 14.

Palmer snr is not far away from making a remarkable riding comeback following an horrific fall at Eagle Farm in July.



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