Tegan Harrison has bounced back from a fall to move into second place on the Brisbane jockeys’ premiership with a win on Urban Knight at Ipswich.
Harrison was tossed off Polskie Lady shortly after the start in the Sky Racing Maiden Plate when the filly was tightened and blundered.
She was cleared to ride one race later and guided Urban Knight ($3.40) to an impressive win in the Schweppes Handicap.
It took Harrison to equal ninth in the national jockeys’ premiership with 59 winners and to second place in the Brisbane premiership on 35.
Harrison, who has the backing of several top stables, has a genuine chance of becoming the first female jockey to win the Brisbane title.
Urban Knight, who is headed to a city Saturday start, has won two of his three starts since joining Caloundra trainer Darryl Hansen from NSW.
“Credit to Tegan she worked out what she would do from the outside barrier and it worked out well,” Hansen said.
Polskie Lady, who is part owned by Joe Janiak of Takeover Target fame, was one of three runners for premier trainer Tony Gollan in the Sky Racing Maiden.
It was a roller-coaster race for Gollan who also had fourth placed Giuliani, the $1.80 favourite, as well as the winner Madiba ($7).
“That was a mixed bag for sure. But the winner has always shown promise and I think Giuliani will be better placed at 1200 metres,” Gollan said.
Rookie Deagon trainer Selina Leef got her first winner when Who’s That Cat ($13) won the City Of Ipswich Plate.
“I got my trainers’ licence a few weeks back and I have had only three runners,” said Leef, who worked for several top trainers in New Zealand including John Wheeler.
Jockey Pietro Romeo got a rare metropolitan winner on Who’s That Cat.
Romeo, who usually rides in Queensland country and provincial areas, rode in England and Wales before stints in Sydney and Taree in country NSW.
Apprentice Bridget Grylls continued her successful comeback from injury when Brotherly Secret won the Ray White Plate.