Sydney’s premiership trainer Chris Waller picked up another feature race win with Coup Ay Tee taking out the Group 3 $150,000 Panthers Hawkesbury Gold Cup (1600m) at Hawkesbury today.
Winning jockey Jason Collett was back aboard Coup Ay Tee after Nash Rawiller rode the six year old when a well beaten fifth as favourite at Rosehill last Saturday.
Ironically Rawiller was aboard the Gai Waterhouse trained Julienas who wound up in second spot with last year’s Hawkesbury Gold Cup winner Darci Be Good holding on for third for Kathy O’Hara.
Fourth placegetter Samui Lad set a moderate pace and jockey Grant Buckley tried to set up a winning break on the home turn and did a good job to battle on for fourth.
Collett had been the regular rider for Coup Ay Tee before last Saturday and showed his affiliation with the gelding to score again after winning at listed level at Rosehill two starts back.
Collett was happy to sit back in the field and eased Coup Ay Tee to the outside approaching the home and was the widest runner in the straight.
The former Kiwi jockey brought Coup Ay Tee with a well-timed run to overhaul Julienas who looked like surging to the front at the 200m mark.
Coup Ay Tee was always in the betting and started at $5.50, scoring a half a length win over Julienas who drifted in the betting to start the second favourite at $5.
The Grant Allard trained Loaded with Timothy Bell aboard, was sent out the popular pick at $4.40 but was always well back in the field and wound up in seventh spot.
Rawiller looked like having to miss the Hawkesbury Gold Cup meeting after being involved in a nasty barrier incident at Canterbury yesterday.
But the premier jockey was able to pass himself fit to ride and almost collected his fifth winner for the day after scoring early for trainers Tony McEvoy, Chris Waller, Joe Pride and Darren Smith.