Adrian Coome Triumphant in the Tatt’s Sprint
Published 25 June 2022
Comeback jockey the talented Adrian Coome capped a memorable week on Friday when in his dual role as a trainer he won the feature $30K Tatt’s Sprint (1200m) with Zoustar gelding Plenty.
In the process Plenty (Brad Pengelly, $7.50) gained automatic entry for the $100K Latter Kennedy Rockhampton Newmarket (1300m), a race Coome as a jockey has won three times.
“Here we go. Rocky Newmarket (July 8) coming at you.,” Coome said
Then adding a play on words about his sprinter Coome said “Plenty of ticker in this big lad”.
A dual Warwick Farm, Sydney winner in his earlier career when trained by Chris Waller, Plenty came to Coome via his good friend, Corbould Park trainer Stuart Kendrick.
Originally fetching $150K as a Magic Millions yearling, Plenty has been a real find for Coome now winning his last three starts in succession.
Fittingly for Coome, Plenty’s owners include his mother Sharon and Gladstone’s Sharon Thomsen who were among his first patrons when he turned to training just over three years ago.
Just over a week back Coome reinvented himself as a jockey after a four year’s premature retirement and at just his third race ride back won on Rocky trainer Tim Cook’s Brad at Mackay last Thursday.
Friday’s Callaghan Park races may have unearthed two future stars in Tom Smith’s Better Rain and Toowoomba mentor Steve Tregea’s Enabler.
Better Rain (Les Tilley, $1.70) enhanced his already glowing reputation by lumping 60kg and fending his way out of a pocket down the straight to win the 2YO Handicap (1200m).
“Geez it wasn’t pretty for a while there down the straight. A patient ride by Bubba Tilley got him home for a well-deserved victory. There’s bigger and better things in store for him now”, an elated Smith said.
That win, Better Rain’s third from seven starts which had included a second in a glamour Gold Coast juvenile, took the Better Than Ready youngster’s haul to around $186K.
He cost $39,000 at the 2021 Magic Millions March Yearling Sales.
About 40 minutes after Better Rain’s victory giant Rich Enuff 3YO gelding Enabler (Anthony Allen, $3.00) demonstrated both defiance and untapped ability winning the Class 3 Plate (1050m).
Rated perfectly in front by “Ant” Allen, Enabler was tackled in earnest by Nick Walsh’s Kasinova Kid at the 300 metres but fought courageously to hose down that challenge before drawing clear.
Enabler’s time of 60.47 seconds was impressive but his sectional for the last 600 metres at 32.77 seconds was nothing short of exceptional.
“We always had a lot of time for this fellow (Enabler)”, astute owner-trainer Tregea said and that statement from such a sound judge should be noted by punters.
by Tony McMahon