Mallyon returns from the West

Apprentice Andrew Mallyon described a riding stint in Perth as the best thing he had done after he landed his first metropolitan winners since returning to Melbourne two weeks ago.

The 20-year-old was delighted to ride a double for his new boss, Flemington trainer Mathew Ellerton, at Caulfield on Wednesday.

Mallyon on Red Ransom filly Mam’selle Rouge ($8.50) in the Brattle Hcp (1600m) and on Dance On Air ($9) who beat stablemate Pure Beauty in the John Payne Hcp (1000m).

Four-year-old mare Dance On Air was Mallyon’s fifth winner in the past six days after one at Pakenham on Friday and a double at Kilmore on Tuesday.

“Going to Perth was the best thing I’ve ever done,” said Mallyon who spent 3-1/2 months in Western Australia attached to the Trevor Andrews stable.

He rode 10 city winners in Perth with the highlight a double on Railway Stakes day including the Placid Ark Stakes (1200m) aboard Liquidation at Ascot last month.

He returned to Perth last weekend to ride the Giant’s Causeway three-year-old into third place behind Destino in the Group Three Lee-Steere Stakes (1400m).

“It has made me a much better rider. I had to step up,” Mallyon said.

“The change of scenery was good for me and I’ve matured as a person and as a jockey.”

Mallyon has been riding for four years and had been apprenticed to his father Brett Mallyon.

He has ridden 156 winners, including 43 metropolitan and said his goal was to get his 2kg city allowance down from 2kg to 1.5kg by the time he completes his apprenticeship next March.

To do that he needs another seven winners.

Mallyon shared riding honours at the meeting with Chris Symons who was aboard the Greg Eurell-trained Mic Mac ($4.20) in the Snitzel Hcp (1100m) and Ab Almalik ($2.80 fav), prepared by Tony Noonan, in the Rogilla Hcp (1440m).

Meanwhile Stawell trainer Terry O’Sullivan made the trip to Caulfield with not much confidence in his only runner at the meeting, Ladies In Luck, but the fast pace helped her to come from last and win the Fileur Hcp (2440m).

Sent out the outsider at of the seven-horse field at $26, the Dean Yendall-ridden mare gathered in Only He Knows to score by a length with Butwaittheresmore two lengths away third.

“I didn’t have one cent on her,” lamented O’Sullivan.

By Mark Ryan

“She looked like being handy. She broke the course record (for 1800m) at Sandown (Hillside) last time in but she’s been bloody disappointing this time in.

“I was just about at the end of my tether with her so we chucked her in here at the mile and a half. She’s never been beyond 2050m but I thought she might run it out even though she wasn’t coming in with strong form.”

Ladies In Luck’s grand-dam, Miss Muffett, won 11 races including the 1987 Group One Railway Stakes (1600m) and was placed in the 1986 WA Oaks (2400m).