Apprentice Anthony Allen outrides metropolitan allowance on Discreet
ANTHONY Allen joined an elite band of apprentices when he outrode his metropolitan allowance with a win on Discreet at Doomben on Saturday.
About one in 200 apprentices outride their allowances but Allen achieved it with a week to spare when Discreet ($3.20) won the Madame Wu Handicap (1200m).
Allen will come out of his time at the end of the month and enter the senior ranks on the first day of the new racing season on August 1.
“It is every apprentices aim to outride his allowance so I am glad I have been able to do it. There are a few challenges ahead as a senior rider but I have the backing of some name trainers,” Allen said.
He has ridden 33 metropolitan winners this season and has travelled the state riding in widespread centres.
Trainer Kelly Schweida plotted Discreet’s win electing to run her in open company where she got in with a light weight.
Discreet who passed $500,000 in prizemoney with her eighth win on Saturday will now chase some black type races and possibly down south.
“This was her first start against open company and she was able to race a lot closer than we expected. The whole idea with mares is to get black type to increase her value as a broodmare”
“She has been very honest and when she strikes form she holds it for a long time.”
Excellantes ($3.40) ran another game race to finish second ¾ length back after apprentice Bridget Grylls elected to take an inside run in the straight.
Theft ($6.50) led into the straight and fought on well for third.
GIANT two-year-old Mister Booze lived up to his track work but not his huge starting price at Doomben on Saturday.
Mister Booze ($51) gave jockey Tim Bell the lead in the jockeys premiership when he won the Rawgroup Hospitality Handicap (1200m) in impressive fashion.
Bell went into the day locked on 56 wins with Michael Cahill in the race for the jockeys premiership and the win lifted him to 57 and the lead.
Mister Booze stands 17 hands and would be the biggest two year in Brisbane.
Trainer Kristy Clark-Peoples has a very big opinion of Mister Booze who is raced by one of her biggest clients in Leigh Wanless.
“I couldn’t believe the price they bet and on his track work and a trial I gave him a great chance. It just goes to show,” Clark-Peoples said.
Wanless, who has about six horses with Clark-Peoples on the Sunshine Coast, paid only $5000 for the galloper as a yearling.
“His full sister will be going through the sales soon and I reckon her price just skyrocketed,” Clark-Peoples said.
Mister Booze is by Darling Downs based sire Tycoon Ruler who also produced plunge two-year-old winner Upstart Pride earlier this month.
The obvious question is how Mister Booze got his name?
“Leigh has a hotel in Maryborough and I assume the horse is named after one of his customers,” Clark-Peoples said.
Bell said Mister Booze was a horse with plenty of upside.
“He got out well and really fought on well when I asked for an effort.”
The favourite Worthy Cause ($3.80) battled on well to be second 3/4 length behind Mister Booze but had his chance in the straight, according to jockey Geoffrey Goold.