Worth the weight
A WRY smile raced clean across trainer Danny Bowen's face and onto jockey Darron Coleman as the stewards declared correct weight for Instructed ($7) after he won the $25,000 Sky Gold Cup (1310m) at Ballina racecourse yesterday.
A fortnight ago, the pair was crushed when Instructed was first home in a Murwillumbah race only to be disqualified because Coleman mysteriously weighed in 800 grams light despite having all his gear.
But not even the scales could stop them yesterday as Coleman returned from his three-meeting suspension to guide the six-year-old gelding to his three-quarter length victory in the feature race of the Ballina Jockey Club's Ladies' Day.
Just to be sure, Bowen watched on as Coleman weighed in.
“I knew Darron was right but (I watched) just to be sure,” he said.
“Of course we lost (at Murwillumbah) and we hung our heads but now he's won, we've had the last laugh.
“I'm just wrapped for all concerned.
“Darron was apprenticed to me in the early '90s and Instructed deserved to win after his last effort.”
The win completed a double for the pair who earlier scored by a short head with Year Long ($7) in the Maiden Handicap (1310m).
Although still unable to explain how he weighed in light, Coleman said he was satisfied with the win.
“It's a big relief. I'm just satisfied for the horse and the trainer and the owners,” he said.
“I've said all along that he deserved the win.
“Today he was struggling at the 600m mark but he just kept coming and that's the sign of a good horse.”
Instructed ran down $1.80 favourite Borsha's Warrior with Court Award ($6) in third.