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COLAC CUP— VETERAN JOCKEY FLYING HIGH
TODAY’ S $50,000 Colac Cup (2000m) proved a triumph for the veteran jockeys when the two western district stalwarts 50 year-old Wayne Hokai and 64 year-old Neville Wilson got the Quinella on the event on their respective mounts Whelan and Sir Walter. The jockeys put in a great effort to come fist and second thrilled the crowd.
Wayne Hokai, who won his fourth Colac Cup, stalked the leaders and came with a well timed run to grab Wilson on Sir Walter who had attempted to lead throughout.
The victory was a triumph for Warrnambool father and son training team of Bill and Symon Wilde as they had decided to place blinkers on Whelan for the first time.
Whelan started at $6.50 and defeated Sir Walter ($6.00) by a neck with Art Success ($41) third.
The event proved to be a disaster for punters as the two heavily backed horses - Just
Don’t Ask ($4.80 into $4.00) and Star Scream ($5.00 into $4.60) - did not finish the event.
Just Don’t Ask came out of the barriers buck-jumping and eventually dislodged his jockey Craig Robertson after 150m.