Trainer?s faith yields dividends
By STEVE SPINKS
A SHORT time ago Ballina apprentice jockey Danny Peisley looked like he may have been finished with racing.
However, the 18-year-old rode the race of his short career yesterday by guiding home long-shot Impregnable to win the $20,000 Casino RSM Club Beef Week Cup (1400m).
It was Peisley's first cup victory and it was made all the more sweet as Impregnable, an eight-year-old gelding trained at Ballina by Danny Bowen, held off the fast- finishing favourite Aleco by a neck to win at odds of 40-1.
The former Port Macquarie jockey is apprenticed to Bowen.
Peisley thought the unexpected cup victory was a payback of sorts to the Ballina trainer, who has been an ardent supporter of the young hoop.
Bowen gave Peisley a chance when the youngster looked like he may have blown his shot at riding.
"I was living down the North Coast, hanging out with my mates and always going out and missing work," Peisley said.
"Danny Bowen is just a really nice bloke. He's taught me everything and done everything for me."
Impregnable broke away at the 400 metres and Peisley thought he was home and hosed.
"When I got away I thought I had the chocolates already," Peisley laughed.
"About 150 metres out I saw him (Aleco) coming, but he just wasn't coming fast enough.
"I'm really rapt."
Peisley has always had a soft spot for Impregnable and he thought the gelding was in with a great chance at Casino.
"I said to the boss that I was going to win today," he chuckled.
"I've raced on him (Impregnable) four times for two wins, a second and a fourth.
"I really thought he was a chance to win and things just went ... beautiful."
Two-time defending Beef Week Cup holder, Beaudesert trainer Ricky Ludwig, picked up third prizemoney with Sundae Jester.
Former Casino jockey Justin Stanley made good use of his local knowledge by guiding home three winners on the nine-race card.
Anthony Townsend rode a winning double.