Master and apprentice combine for treble

Trainer Kris Lees and stable apprentice Dylan Gibbons have teamed up for a trifecta of wins at Canterbury.

Jockey : DYLAN GIBBONS.
Jockey : DYLAN GIBBONS. Picture: Steve Hart

Emerging apprentice Dylan Gibbons has provided a bright spot on a wet and muddy day at Canterbury with a winning treble for his master Kris Lees

While the heavy 10 conditions ensured a tough afternoon for most riders, Gibbons made it a meeting to remember, opening his account aboard Always On Show in the third race, and adding to his tally on Samoot and Ting Tong

He fell just short of making it a four-time when the Nathan Doyle-trained Super Bright was third to Ten Bells in a three-way finish to the Download The TAB App Today Handicap (1200m). 

"I'm having a great day, I think I'm one of very few who are," Gibbons said. 

Ting Tong was having his second run back after a Queensland Derby preparation in which he finished a closing sixth to Pinarello in the Group 1 classic. 

Despite being trapped wide early in Wednesday's race, Gibbons didn't panic, keeping Ting Tong in a steady rhythm before striding up to camp off the leader. 

The four-year-old surged to the front around the home turn and went on with the job to take out the Palace Pier @ Darley Handicap (1900m) by more than four lengths and while Gibbons said Ting Tong was suited by the heavy track, he still felt the horse did a marvellous job. 

"I know track conditions played into his hands, but he had to keep finding today and he's made a mess of them so it was a great win," he said. 

Fellow apprentice Molly Bourke was also to the fore, celebrating her first metropolitan victory aboard Zakeriz in the Vinery Stallions Handicap (1580m). 

Bourke just missed bringing up the milestone aboard the Chris Hardy-trained gelding at the same venue last month when he finished a narrow second and she was rapt to go one better on Wednesday. 

"That was a great thrill," Bourke said. 

"I'm thankful for the opportunity. Chris has put me back on this horse, he was close the last time I rode him here and he made it better today." 

Bourke, who claims three kilos, is apprenticed to Canberra trainer Doug Gorrel and has ridden six winners on the country circuit this season.


Racing and Sports



Canterbury

Wednesday, 05th October 2022

6
16:20
(local)

PALACE PIER @ DARLEY HANDICAP

Age: 3yo and up WT: 54.0kg Type: BM72
AUD $55,000
1900m TURF HEAVY
6
16:20
(local)
AUD $55,000
1900m HEAVY

PALACE PIER @ DARLEY HANDICAP

Age: 3yo and up WT: 54.0kg Type: BM72
FP Silk Horse, Age & Sex
Sire & Dam
Jockey
Trainer
SP
WT
1st 1. TING TONG (AUS) 4yo G
EPAULETTE (AUS) - DENIA (AUS)
DYLAN GIBBONS
KRIS LEES
$4.2
58.5kg
Wall Street Thoroughbreds (Mgr: Dr J Kessell)
2nd 4. LITTLE MIX (AUS) 4yo M
MAHISARA (AUS) - GIRLS ALOUD (AUS)
BRENTON AVDULLA
ANNABEL NEASHAM
$3.5
58.5kg
YES Bloodstock (Mgr: B F Sokolski), Dr K McCasker & Balmerino Racing Partnership (Mgr: J S Rosham)
3rd 9. LOVING CILLA (NZ) 6yo M
RELIABLE MAN (GB) - EQUIVALENCE (AUS)
REECE JONES
JOSEPH IBLE
$11
52.5kg
Mrs R Palombi, B Ferguson, P Smith, N Gopaul, B D Ingram, S P Ingram, R A Ingram, D J Smith, Ible Racing (Mgr: J B Ible), J K Goodwin, Plodalong-Shocking (Mgr: P Podbury) & Mrs T Sergi

Sales Information

4th 11. DREAM MAIDEN (AUS) 7yo M
DREAM AHEAD (USA) - JUNGFRAU (AUS)
TYLER SCHILLER
JASON COYLE
$17
52.5kg

Sales Information

5th 12. WICHITA WARRIOR (AUS) 6yo G
ALL TOO HARD (AUS) - PANIPIQUE (AUS)
ALYSHA COLLETT
KEITH DRYDEN
$26
54kg

Sales Information

6th 2. HIGHBALLER (AUS) 5yo G
TEOFILO (IRE) - MISS FI (NZ)
KEAGAN LATHAM
GWENDA MARKWELL
$13
60kg

Sales Information

7th 14. LAYLA OF MONACO (AUS) 6yo M
MONACO CONSUL (NZ) - RUN FOR LAYLA (AUS)
ROBBIE DOLAN
JASON COYLE
$101
54kg
8th 5. AKAHATA (NZ) 4yo G
PINS (AUS) - HOLINESS (NZ)
JASON COLLETT
BJORN BAKER
$6.5
57kg

Sales Information

9th 13. SONGBIRD SERENADE (AUS) 6yo M
FIORENTE (IRE) - SONGBIRD LANE (AUS)
ZAC LLOYD
RICHARD LITT
$61
51kg