Jockey eyes better things
IN-FORM jockey Wanderson D'Avila hopes his connection with top trainer Roy Chillemi will lead to a maiden Townsville Jockey Premiership.The Brazilian-born jockey is leading the premiership race and showed some hot form in Atherton at the weekend, picking up two wins.
"The leader of the Queensland Country Jockey Premiership (is Adrian Coome), but if I could win the Townsville premiership I would be very happy," D'Avila said.
Coome leads all Queensland Country jockeys with 64 wins in 210 starts, while D'Avila sits in 15th spot with 23 wins in 176 starts.
The Tolga-based D'Avila believes his chances of winning in Townsville have increased since joining Chillemi last March.
The pair hooked up for another win in Atherton on Saturday, with D'Avila riding Chillemi's favourite Fast 'N' Ferocious to victory in the Class 3 plate.
Juliet Kuskopf came in second, a length behind the winner, while the rest of the field, led by Six Bob, was an age behind the leaders.
D'Avila got another win in the Malanda Hotel Motel Cup race, guiding Master Elliott to a comfortable win.
It was the horse's second first-place finish since moving to Cairns after an unimpressive stay down south.
"I've only been giving him light work," trainer Glen Baker said before the race.
"He doesn't seem to respond to the tough stuff."
Whatever the Atherton trainer did, it worked. Master Elliott finished a length and a half ahead of Northern Theatre in the win. Favourite Will He Fly was a disappointed last-place finisher.
Glen's other start, Idle Situation, won in the maiden race, handing the Greg Wehlow-trained Migendoo a fourth second place in seven starts.
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Winner: Jockey Ian Toward and Seek De Fortune (pink) won race five at Saturday's Atherton races. Picture: DARRYL DAY