Jockey's rides impress trainer
BEAUDESERT jockey Corey Bayliss rode a winning double in consecutive races at the Ballina Jockey Club TAB meeting yesterday.
He rode seven-year-old gelding Sirocan ($15) to a win in the $20,000 Class 3 Hcp (1000m).
Beaudesert trainer Di Brown was full of praise for the jockey and for Sirocan.
"I've been really impressed with Corey and he is a nice young man to talk to as well,” Brown said.
"I have a real opinon of him and he's done a great job here again today.
"He (Sirocan) can be a cheeky horse at times and we don't always know what we're going to get from him.
"But he always seems to switch on come race day and he knows what it's all about.
"He looked good early on but he had a nasty accident and lost a lot of his career.
"A few things haven't gone his way over the years but he can be so impressive on his day.
"I had a feeling he would go well here because I'd freshened him up and he is a better horse fresh.”
Bayliss completed his double on six-year-old gelding Hudson Country ($4 favourite) when he linked up with another Beaudesert trainer, Rodney Hurley.
It took out the $20,000 Paradise FM Ballina Mile (1600m).
Earlier, Ballina trainer Stephen Lee had a win with Voltaire Lumiere ($4) in the XXXX Summer Benchmark 70 Hcp (1250m).
"He was back last but I was just hoping he (jockey Daniel Griffin) could get to the outside,” Lee said.
"I thought he might have got there a bit too early but he did a great job.”
Racing will continue on the Northern Rivers with a TAB meeting at the Lismore Turf Club on February 4.
The next Ballina meeting is set down for February 17.