JOCKEYS were the ones making headlines at Echuca racecourse on Monday – and mostly for all the right reasons.
Apprentice Rebeka Prest landed the first treble of her career; gun rider Katelyn Mallyon was back after an extended trip through Europe and the in-form Linda Meech made the trip to Echuca for just two rides.
On the downside comeback jockey Jarrod Lorenseni ended up in an ambulance then Echuca hospital after falling from his mount Dupo in the third on the card.
He came off near the 600m mark of the 1000m De Bortoli Wines Plate.
After X-rays he was treated for a dislocated collarbone.
Lorenseni only had two rides for the day – he had finished second on Absconding in the previous race.
The former top SA hoop had given up the gruelling demands of being a jockey a decade ago but signed with the Darren Weir stable as a trackwork rider in 2013.
Lorensini started racing again this year, had his first winner in August and had won seven more before Monday’s fall.
But the day belonged to Prest, riding the first treble of her career.
Her day started strongly when she took out the first on the card with the unraced Jungle Queen winning the $22,000 EMPD Plate over 1100m.
But she had to wait until race seven, the $18,000 Murphy’s Turf & Landscaping over 1600m, to get her second win, with the well-supported Nahema getting up.
No further time was wasted in completing her treble when she steered Gens Miss, just back from a spell, to victory in the $18,000 Bourke Builders Hcp over 1000m.
An elated Prest said everything felt good about that third win from the moment the field jumped.
“We had an outside gate but had early speed and we were able to get across and get a good ride through the early and middle part of the run,” she said.
“The horse travelled really well and when I asked for the effort we just kicked away.
“She seemed much more balanced and happy than her one at Corowa.”
Gens Miss has now had three starts for two wins although there was an inquiry into her performance at Corowa in September.
Asked how she felt after she knew she had just completed that first treble Prest had no trouble summing it up: “Sensational”.
Linda Meech kept the women riders on a roll.
She had a winner in her two rides, landing the fancied See The Night, trained by Ciaron Maher, in the $22,000 Echuca CIH Plate over 1400m, leaving two of Darren Weir’s horses fighting out the minor placings.
Rhys McLeod flew the flag for the men on Monday with a double – Alsimon in the Echuca Newsagency Plate over 1170m and Simeoni in the 1Print Plate over 1400m.
Echuca Racing Club chief executive Leigh Newton said the club would also be staging trials this morning, starting at 9.30am and running for about three hours.