Racing: Top jockeys battle it out in Oamaru

By Mike Dillon

Lisa Allpress.
Lisa Allpress.

The premiership battle continues at Oamaru tomorrow.

Last night the scoreline was Lisa Allpress 156 and Matt Cameron 153.

Lisa Allpress rates her best chance of a win tomorrow on the beautifully bred debut runner Da Best Coup in Race 1.

Matt Cameron fancies the chances of Chief's Daughter in Race 2.

Cameron could continue a winning association with Outrageous Fortune. He has won on Outrageous Fortune the last three times he has ridden the Volksraad mare.

Cameron rides Needastar (Oamaru Cup), Essential, Chief's Daughter, Winning Genes and Captain Crusing for leading trainer Jon Sargent tomorrow. Sargent also has Pinzee in the Cup.

•The Racing Integrity Unit yesterday announced changes to its senior management structure with the appointment of Ross Neal and Nigel McIntyre as joint chief stipendiary stewards.

Mike Godber will assume the role of general manager.

Ross Neal will be based in Auckland and Nigel McIntyre will continue to operate from Christchurch.

•Trainer Tony Gollan isn't sure if Topping has the class to upset Belltone but is adamant the listed Tattersall's Mile today is the right time to have a go.

Gollan will start his recent stable acquisition in the 1600m feature at Eagle Farm with the Kelso Wood-trained Belltone a clear favourite at $2.40, ahead of another in-form stakeswinner in Adnocon ($4.20).

Topping is at $15.

•Veteran horseman Jim Delaney has been around thoroughbreds for most of his 70 years and he's seen some top horses pass through his yard. But the deeds of Universal Belief, likely favourite for tomorrow's Sawtell Cup at Coffs Harbour, never cease to amaze the Taree trainer.

The rising 7-year-old smashed a knee at the Grafton carnival three years ago but still managed to finish third behind Gazza Guru.

Universal Belief had three screws inserted in the smashed knee and was sent bush for nearly three years.

He returned to racing in early March.


-ODT, AAP

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