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+12 Ryan Elliot
Hardly an overabundance of top-level racing, relatively speaking, on last week’s global calendar but there was room for jockey Ryan Elliot to make his mark in New Zealand with his debut G1 success on Rock On Wood in the Captain Cook Classic at Trentham.
The six-year-old had been knocking on the door with a few in-the-frame efforts at the highest level before a one-length success over favoured Concert Hall in this 1m soft-ground contest at the Wellington venue.
Elliot, 21, had his best season to date in 2019-20 with 66 winners, enough to put him fourth in the premiership behind champion Lisa Allpress. He has 14 this term – and a 12pt boost on the global rankings (#258 from #459).
What is more, this was a proper family success, as the gelding is trained by Elliot’s mother Leanne – also enjoying her first G1 win – who also owns a bit of the winner in partnership with her mother Jill Ker and her sister Yvonne.
Chris Parnham (+9pt, #85 from #105), who leads the all-Australian jockeys’ premiership, had another good weekend in Perth with a Group-race double highlighted by the victory of 17-1 chance Truly Great in the Kingston Town Classic at Ascot racecourse.
The five-year-old held off stablemate Inspiration Girl, the hot favourite, in another G1 one-two for the Western Australian powerhouse training partnership of Grant & Alana Williams (+3pt, stays at #13).
Kendrick Carmouche’s first G1 win on True Timber in the Cigar Mile after 20 years’ riding in the States is recognised in a 6pt boost (#211 from #266) but the biggest race of the weekend on the global calendar was the Champions Cup, the former Japan Cup Dirt, won by Chuwa Wizard.
Trainer Ryuji Okubo (+7pt, #199 from #268) and jockey Keita Tozaki (+6pt, #74 from #87) move up the charts, pop pickers.
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