Emotional Colless wins his hometown Cup
Top Queensland-based jockey Glen Colless was almost in tears after the Alan Bailey-trained Brave The Way gave him his second win in his hometown Cup, the $70,000 Carlton Mid Coffs Harbour Cup (1600m) on Thursday.
The victory was Colless’s second win in the mid North-Coast feature, 20 years after piloting Sabre Luck to victory in 1991.
“It mightn’t be the biggest race in the world but it means a lot to me,” Colless told Sky Racing.
“It’s pretty emotional, I’m stoked.
“It’s great to come back and win it and it’s extra special to do it with Alan.
“He’s been so good to me for the last 15 or so years, my greatest supporter.”
Colless and Brave The Way came from the back half of the field, charging to the front inside the 200 metres before drawing clear to score.
“I had a lovely run in the race,” Colless said. “Silent Movie dragged me into it and when I was able to get to the outside on straightening I thought well he’s going to be hard to beat and that he was.”
Brave The Way defeated the Ross Stitt-trained Southern Shimmer, who made his run at the same time as the winner with the brave Gazza Guru finishing third after travelling three and four wide for much of the trip.
Alan Bailey said all honours were with Colless, who gave Brave The Way “a lovely ride”.
“I never give him any instructions, we talk about it then he does it,” Bailey said.
“I thought he was the horse for the race and he deserved to win a good race.
“He was a good thing beat in the Guineas at Caloundra when he was three and he could have just as easy won the Guineas at Grafton and now he’s won a decent race.
“He’s no world beater but he’s a good honest horse.”
The win was Brave The Way’s sixth at start 23 and took his earnings passed the $100,000 mark.
Meanwhile, the Trevor Hardy-trained Symposium ($4.60) took out the $20,000 Daniel Baker Sprint (1200m) defeating the Ross Stitt-trained Youthful Jack ($10) with Cuban Way ($13) from the Ken Faulds stable in third.