Esk-ellent race by Ms Sarandon – great result for local trainer Caroline Allardyce and rookie Corey Bayliss
RACING: A lightly raced Ms Sarandon gave rookie Corey Bayliss his third career victory by a nostril at Esk.
The rising six-year-old mare took trainer Caroline Allardyce’s training record for the season to 34:7-4-3 with her son Jimmy Orman making a 21:6-3-2 contribution to his mother- come-master’s impressive strike rate.
The Gatton-based horsewoman, with the assistance of Jimmy and his father Mick, have done wonders with her small squad.
The mare came off a second place finish at Gatton earlier last month ahead of her victory on Saturday.
“She had to work from the wide barrier but she came on pretty competitively to beat the favourite,” Allardyce said.
“I was standing up on the balcony and I thought she had won, but then the people in front of me were cheering and screaming, then I thought I’d been beaten.”
Allardyce purchased Ms Sarandon from local trainer Peter Moncrieff about six months ago, but had to overcome a barrier ban.
“I’m not 100 percent sure what the problem was, she wouldn’t go into the barriers one night at Toowoomba,” she said.
The victory was even more significant for apprentice jockey Bayliss, who had just claimed his third career victory.
Allardyce said Bayliss rode the horse well, doing everything she asked.
“He just reminded me so much of Jim (son) when he was starting off,” she said.
“He rang up for the ride and I don’t mind using the good kids, you certainly get your four kilos worth that’s for sure.”
In the days leading up to the meeting, a large carpet snake was discovered enjoying its winter hibernation in the tower that houses the judge and broadcaster box.