Dream day for young hoop

Monday, 29th October, 2012

Jockey Chenelle Ellis and Al Chicago were all smiles after winning the Silver City Cup. Jockey Chenelle Ellis and Al Chicago were all smiles after winning the Silver City Cup.

Ben Sheffield

Jockey Chenelle Ellis stole the show at Saturday's Silver City Cup, riding her first winner and then following it up with a win in the 1600 metre feature event to claim a double in just her third ever race meeting.

Ms Ellis' day began with a sixth placing in the Maiden Plate aboard the Allan Jarvis-trained Run for Cash before breaking through in race five on Bullydozer.

But the elation of her first ever victory grew after she rode the winner of the Silver City Cup, Al Chicago.

The breakout race meeting for Ms Ellis was similar to that of jockey Lester Grace at last year's Silver City Cup.

Sixteen-year-old Lester was first across the line in the cup on Turn Him Loose and has since gone on to become a regular rider at race meetings in
Sydney.

He now has more than 70 wins to his name, including success with legendary horse trainer, Bart Cummings.

Speaking after her Cup success on Saturday, Chenelle Ellis said that winning the was an enormous moment for her.

"It's massive. Before today, I'd ridden six races and today was race seven, eight and nine for me. It's my third race meeting.

"To ride a double is fantastic. As soon as I saw my race card for the day I was very confident about my chances."

Chenelle said she knew she was going to win the feature race from a long way out.

"At about the 800-metre mark I knew I had it. He was travelling so well and was building momentum.

"He could definitely go on to bigger and better things. I was speaking to the trainer before. He could definitely cover more ground.

"At the end of the race he could have kept going. We could probably race him over 2000 metres even."

Al Chicago won convincingly, tearing away down the home straight to win by eight lengths.

The win came in the quick time of 1:36.50, just over one second outside of the record.

Rank outsider, Fresh Tell, surprised many with a second place in the Cup, while the highly fancied Paula Trenwith-trained St Ives rounded out the placings.

Platinum Touch, who was seen as a strong chance, failed to fire, finishing second last more than 37 lengths away.

The day began with Ziazan defending his 2200 metre crown from last year's Silver City Cup against all odds.

Travelling to Broken Hill, Ziazan sustained an injury in the float and the day before the race was classed as a 50/50 chance of even running.

Bookmakers installed Jewel King as a comfortable $1.70 favourite for the three-horse race but Ziazan narrowly held off Jewel King on the line.

The third runner, Doons Magic, was never really in contention and finished 15 lengths back. Ziazan's trainer, Allan Prisk, said that he was very excited to win the 2200m metre event back to back.

"I'm very proud. For him to be carrying an injury and still win, I'm just so proud.

"I walked about 10 kilometres with him last night to try and get him right.

"He's a beautiful horse and it was a beautiful ride from the jockey.

"To be totally honest, 2200 metres is probably a bit far for him but he got in front and hung on for the win."

Race two, the Maiden Plate, produced the tightest finish of the day with the three placegetters within less than a length of each another.

The surprise winner was Leon Murray's Bit O' Me who started at $11.

Madiba's Vision ran second a nose ahead of another Allan Prisk horse, Honestly and Truly. The local hope, Wayne Marsden's Starched finished last.

Another 1100 metre race followed, the 60 handicap, with Master Houdini, finishing ahead of the favourite, local horse Frankie Sea.

Eight lengths separated first and second, with Speculate finishing roughly two lengths further away third.

Menindee's Wayne Marsden had two horses running, El Devo and Be Safe, and they finished fifth and eighth respectively.

Race four saw drama in the mounting yard, with Centre Ripple becoming extremely unsettled and coming very close to kicking a trainer.

Remarkably though, Centre Ripple defied the troubled lead-up and long odds to claim third place.

Bradgate Park won, storming home to run down favourite and local hope, Regal Ruben.

Regal Ruben led from the start and set the pace for much of the race but was overhauled in front of a vocal crowd in the home straight.

Bradgate Park's was the second in a double for jockey Michael Hackett.

Mr Hackett rode a full program of six races and also finished with a third and a fourth Wayne Marsden's difficult day continued with a fifth place for Love a Sequalo who was considered a reasonable chance going.

In the next race, Mr Marsden's For Glory and fellow local trainer Heidi Smith's, Coota Queen both had problems in the mounting yard which neither seemed to recover from.

Mr Marsden secured another fifth with For Glory while Coota Queen, Heidi Smith's only runner for the day, finished last.

The news was slightly better for the other local trainer, Michael Wayman, whose Teraset came third after electing to take on the 55 handicap instead of the Silver City Cup for which he also accepted.

Teraset finished behind second placegetter Waikiki Girl and winner Bullydozer, the horse which gave Chenelle Ellis her first ever race win in a moment she is unlikely to ever forget.