Darron Coleman.
Darron Coleman. The Northern Star

Coleman in awe of 'freak' Instructed's ability

BALLINA-based jockey Darron Coleman has described Instructed as a 'freak' after coming from last to win the $50,000 Rohrig Handicap (1000m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Instructed was trailing well behind the front of the field at the turn, but then turned on a burst of speed that had Coleman singing the seven-year-old gelding's praises.

“I was speaking to Larrey Olsen (Sky Racing analyst and former jockey) before the race about how the horse likes to lead, or be in the first three or four. He told me not to panic, that there was only one corner and to ride him quiet,” Coleman said.

“I was last, but I was following the horse in front of me, which took me into the race.

“I knew that he was always going to get home and in the last furlong, he just exploded and got to the line really well.”

Coleman described Instructed as 'tough' and 'versatile' and said he was destined for more wins in the city.

His success in Brisbane capped off a great couple of days for both Coleman and trainer Danny Bowen.

It started on Friday with two winners at Ballina including Special Savings and Cedar Manor, and was capped off with Instructed's success at Eagle Farm.



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