Darron Coleman guides Instructed to victory in the $10,000 Carlton Draught Cup Open Handicap (1310m) at Ballina.
Darron Coleman guides Instructed to victory in the $10,000 Carlton Draught Cup Open Handicap (1310m) at Ballina. The Northern Star

Coleman wins Ballina main event

THE Ballina Jockey Club's TAB meeting yesterday was billed as a battle of the apprentices with four highly rated young hoops vying for winners.

But veteran rider Darron Coleman showed he is still a major force in the saddle by claiming two winners including the feature race, the $10,000 Carlton Draught Cup Open Handicap (1310m).

Coleman, who has won 10 of the past 12 Northern Rivers Jockeys Premiership, rode top weight Instructed to victory in the Cup carrying the massive weight of 61kg for Ballina trainer Danny Bowen.

Bowen only picked up the six-year-old gelding recently and already he has had a positive effect.

"We brought him down from John Morrissey as he'd had no luck in town," Bowen said.

"I'm happy to get his performance turned around. To carry 60kg is a massive effort especially to lead all the way."

Bowen admitted he hadn't set Instructed for any particular race this campaign.

It capped a good day for the Ballina trainer.

Earlier, Coleman had ridden Alto Adige to victory in the $10,000 Carlton Mid Open Handicap (1610m). Once again Coleman had to guide a Bowen horse home as the top weight. Alto Adige was carrying 60kg.

The four apprentices who were expected to ride well yesterday included Jamie Quinnell, Ben Looker, Michael Hellyer and Joshua Jones.

However, Quinnell was the only one to guide home a winner - Ellerina Road in the Pure Blonde Fillies and Maries Maiden Plate (1010m) for Coffs Harbour trainer Brett Bellamay.

The others managed minor placings including Jones who was returning following a three-month suspension following the Daniel Baker inquiry.


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