Colin Lennon Raring to Race

Published 24 August 2022

Colin Lennon Raring to Race

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Experienced jockey Colin Lennon 51, formerly of Townsville has relocated to Rockhampton in a move designed to resurrect his career after a long sabbatical through serious injury. For weeks now Lennon has been busily riding trackwork each morning at Callaghan Park to build up his fitness level after almost a seven years absence from race riding.

“I was riding a horse doing barrier practice in the centre of the racecourse at Townsville when I came down as in similar fashion to a spear tackle. It resulted in my fracturing my 7-6 and 7-5 in the spine which is known as a broken neck. That was early in 2016”, Lennon said.

Only weeks before Lennon had enjoyed success on the Olivia Cairns trained Anzus at Charters Towers. “I was doing a lot of riding for Olivia at the time when she was in Townsville and also for Billy Kenning”, Lennon said.

After years of rehabilitation and living in Mackay and establishing a painting business there, when the urge to rekindle his riding career came about, Lennon was at the crossroads. “There are not many horses trained on the track in Mackay and I was talking to Montana Philpot one day and she said there was a shortage of jockeys and trackwork riders in Rocky. With as many as 200 horses working the Callaghan Park track at times it made sense to move down here. It presented more opportunities for me’’, he said.

Not surprisingly the obliging Lennon has been like a breath of fresh air to trainers at Callaghan Park each morning who had been experiencing difficulties to get horses worked. “I rode 14 horses work there on Monday morning for a number of trainers. It’s pretty busy but it’s what I need to get back into the thick of things”, he said.

Cleared some time ago by specialist doctors and armed with the required medical certificates, Lennon took another step up the ladder by riding in three trials and four jump outs at Callaghan Park last Friday.

Lennon was back in the winners’ list through Peter Fleming’s Tycoon Tori and the Allan Jones trained Queen Dee. He is keen to be given the green light to get back race riding as soon as the all clear is given by stewards.

Colin commenced his apprenticeship at Ipswich and with metropolitan winners on his CV, he is a welcome addition to the riding ranks in Rocky which have dwindled in recent times.

The Rocky Jockey Club races next at Callaghan Park racecourse on Tuesday August 30.

Tony McMahon

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