It’s All Kevin’s Way
The $21 long-shot for the $50,000 The Point Ballina Cup (1600m), ridden by Sydney jockey Neil Paine, made its move down the straight to defeat Kyros by a long neck with Onalar a short head back in third.
While it was a terrific ride by Paine, who had been heavily involved in talks about a jockeys’ strike before the race, the day belonged to Nipperess.
The Ballina trainer last won the Cup in 1987 with Silver Magnum, which was ridden by the late Iris Neilsen. His first Cup victory was in 1978 with Eshowee.
“Well I’m delighted to win three cups and a win with this horse today,” Nipperess said.
“Neil Paine has been a great sticker for me over the past two-and-a-half years and just for him to come up and win the cup has been a big thrill.
“I’ve really got to thank my apprentice Emily Kehoe. She does all the work on the track and does a mighty job but the horse is a big strong horse and we thought we had to have a senior rider.”
Paine helped organise the purchase of All Our Way for Nipperess from Hong Kong.
“We’ve had him for six months and it’s our first win but he’s won $15,000 prizemoney before today,” Nipperess said.
“My last Cup win was the best, with Iris Nielsen, but I’m just thrilled to win another cup. It’s something
I’ve just wanted to do.
“I’ve won three Lismore Cups and now I’ve won three Ballina Cups, and it just makes it.”
Paine could not wipe the smile off his face as he guided the seven-year-old into the stalls.
“I got a real kick out of winning the Ballina Cup,” he said at the presentation.
“I want to thank Kevin Nipperess for the way he turned out the horse and it’s a credit to him.
“After all the trouble with the jockeys today and whether you’re for or against the strike and the way it went ahead, I just want to say the jockeys across Australia have my support.
“Plus, I got a big kick out of winning with Mum and Dad up here from Cowra.”
Paine was presented his winning trophy by the jockey who won the 1959 Ballina Cup aboard Arctic Air.
Lee Gilmore, who now lives in Sydney, made a special trip north for the Cup he won as a 14-year-old
apprentice to Coffs Harbour trainer Ron Gosling.
He had the chance to speak to Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Scott Seamer which was a thrill as
Gilmore was Gosling’s first apprentice and Seamer the Coffs trainer’s last.
Seamer, who had only one mount, finished second in the Cup race aboard Kyros.
Earlier, Surety made the early running, a lead he held until just after the turn into the straight.
Legal Giant and All Our Way then challenged with the Nipperess mount making headway before late chargers by Kyros and Onalar.
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