Tony rides out life?s challenges

TONY Pattillo was frustrated ? downright cranky was more to the point.

Missing was his trademark smile after he came out of the jockeys' room after riding un- placed Cocktail Shaker in the fi- nal race at Callaghan Park on Rockhampton Newmarket Day last Thursday week.

"I can't believe it. I've had eight rides here today and only a third placing. I nearly always get a winner or two at Rocky,'' Pattillo said and rightly so.

Then just 48 hours later, at 4pm last Saturday, I remembered Tony Pattillo's words ever so viv- idly as he became "king'' for the day at the glamour Ipswich Cup races.

Indeed it was a "diamond day'' ? more so a cluster as A. Pattillo produced three gems of rides to land the feature treble.

In less than two hours he had claimed the $100,000 Gai Water- house Classic on Au Chocolat, the $175,000 Eye Liner Stakes on Rockhampton's Nessuno and the $250,000 Ipswich Cup on Forest Jim. (Incidentally, he rides the same trio of horses at the Tatter- sall's Race Club meeting in Bris- bane today).

That smile was back, jumping out at you from newspapers and TV sets all around Australia.

Sure the $17,000 that Tony earned at Ipswich in winning per- centages alone was something to smile about but the wins meant much, much more to this charis- matic character.



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