Young jockey takes home four wins in one day at Bluff races
RACING: UNDOUBTEDLY, the only certainty in horse racing is its uncertainty and Rockhampton jockey Luke Dillon knows that one.
Dillon rode at the annual Bluff-Blackwater Amateur Race Club meeting last Saturday believing he could land one or even maybe two winners.
But he never expected to ride four winners.
"I was fairly confident that I'd ride one winner or maybe even two but never four," the young jockey said. "It turned out to be a lucky day for me."
Luke 23, won the opening race, the Class B (1200m) on Phillip Pengelly's Volturnus before making it a double on Emerald trainer Tony Button's Power To Exceed ($3.50).
The pressure was really on for Dillon in the third race, the Robbie Haynes Memorial (1200m) in which he rode Glenda Bell's odds-on favourite Down Another Track ($1.70).
The combination never let punters down with Down Another Track winning like all favourites should - in the easiest of fashions and by 2.8 lengths.
Dillon completed his winning foursome when Rockhampton trainer Rob Bowen's Suspicious Miss ($4.20) won the fourth race, the Class 1 Handicap (950m) by a long neck. Dillon modestly confessed to riding four winners on one other occasion in his seven-year career.
During that time Dillon has won three Rockhampton race riding premierships as an apprentice and senior jockey.
His most rewarding racing season was August 2008 to July 31, 2009, when he rode 55 race winners.
"My biggest race success was on Dini Who in the 2008 Townsville Cup," Dillon said.
Bluff-Blackwater Race Club media officer Scott Power said last Saturday's meeting was the club's most successful for many years.
"We had a crowd of approximately 1000 in attendance," Power said. "That was amazing for a small club like ours. There was plenty of entertainment for all the family and it was a terrific day. It makes all the effort worthwhile."
It will be an emotionally charged day at the Thangool Race Club's meeting this Saturday when the life of former longserving club stalwart and president Laurie Moller will be celebrated.
"Laurie passed away last week after a long battle with cancer," club secretary Edwina Devine said.
"He was president of the Thangool Race Club for many years. We will dedicate the day to his memory and a memorial race will be named after him."