Darron Coleman aboard Dowden wins the Mid-Richmond Plumbers Benchmark 45 Handicap (1200m) at the Lismore races on Saturday.
Darron Coleman aboard Dowden wins the Mid-Richmond Plumbers Benchmark 45 Handicap (1200m) at the Lismore races on Saturday. CATHY ADAMS

Colemen claims treble at Lismore

CHAMPION Northern Rivers hoop Darron Coleman gave his rivals a simple lesson in tactical riding on Saturday, replicating the same ride three times to land a treble at Lismore racecourse.

Coleman watched the first two races from the enclosure after his mount in the second was scratched, then went undefeated through the remainder of the program.

The Lismore circuit has long been renowned as a leaders track but the bias could not have been more pronounced than at the weekend with all five winners jumping, getting to the fence and outlasting challengers in the straight.

Six-time Northern Rivers champion jockey Coleman said the pattern was there for everyone to see and he just came up trumps after following good instructions.

“That’s Lismore: If you jump and get on the bunny you are going to be hard to run down,” Coleman said.

“Ever since they re-did the track it has played like that. Once you get out past two and three deep you haven’t got much hope.”

With just one winner from 17 rides before the treble on Saturday, many judges could have labelled Coleman out of form but although down from his career-winning strike-rate of around 15 per cent, the veteran insists the figures can be misleading.

“Everyone will see that I rode a treble and think, ‘Gee he’s in great form’,” Coleman said.

“But I am riding no better or worse than I was last week or the week before that; it just played my way on the weekend.”

For his first ride Coleman had to battle for the lead aboard the Danny Bowen-trained Dowden, but it gapped them at the top of the straight to win by 4½ lengths at $12.

Star of Amy was sent out at $10 for Andrew Cowell and held off race favourite Joe Eva comfortably in the run home; and by the last race Coleman had it all worked out.

Dontcomonday ($6), another Bowen galloper who enjoys the rain-affected ground, was sent straight to the front by Coleman and even the shortest-priced favourite of the day, Acquits, couldn’t make up the length start it had given the leader.

Full marks go to the Ballina connection with Bowen grabbing a double to go past Brett Bellamy and take the lead in the 2009-10 Northern Rivers trainers’ premiership.

Coleman is third in the jockeys’ race with 24 wins, nine adrift of pacesetter Raymond Spokes.



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