“It’s not time to make a change, just relax, take it easy, you’re still you that’s your fault, there’s so much you have to go through…..” – Cat Stevens.
This could very easily be the tune on Andrew Gibbons tongue as he enters the barriers in race 6 at Coffs Harbour today aboard the $4.00 2nd fav FANTINI (Supreme Class-Dignity Lady).
He will bring her up into gate 1. A moment later when the horse in gate 2 enters, his volume level could rise because that horse, the $3.70 fav is CIAO UNO (Super One-Ciao) and is to be ridden by Dylan Gibbons! His son.
Will there be argy bargy as they spring from the barriers? Both master and apprentice looking to establish good early spots.
Fortunately, or unfortunately from a viewers’ perspective, Fantini likes to settle so she will most likely ease back to about 4th spot on the rails allowing Ciao Uno, who does go quickly early, to cross her and also find the paint.
From then on, game on.
The Gibbons boys, Dad, highly polish and tremendously successful in the bush, sitting waiting, watching his young, highly gifted apprentice son’s every move and looking to counter punch when they turn.
It would be fitting if the guys fought it out and given the quality of horse underneath both of them, and the way the race should pan out, that looks a good bet.
Fantini resumes today.
Ciao Uno is 4th up and is in career-best form.
A look at their respective most recent riding stats has Dylan Gibbons landing 5 winners from his last 45 mounts.
Dad Andrew, has ridden 7 winners from his last 45 mounts.
Meanwhile, Mrs Gibbons sits at home, watching on, cheering for neither specifically – but praying for a dead-heat.