EMMA Ljung shrugged off a horror 18 months to return to the metropolitan successful record for the first time since February when Helarocity completed powerfully at the Sunshine Coast.
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Ljung’s earlier metropolis winner was Niccanova at Doomben in February.
Soon after she had a fall at Gatton and was out for nearly six months, persevering with a horror 12 months for the Toowoomba-based apprentice. In whole, she has missed 12 months of using since February 2016.
In a collection of unlucky occasions, Ljung broke bones in her collarbone, again and ankle, along with having a bleed on the mind.
The 24-year-old now walks round with 4 screws in her ankle, seven in her collarbone and a plate in the collarbone.
Ljung mentioned the scars of battle have been not having any impact on her.
“I really feel 100 per cent,’’ she mentioned. ‘‘I’ve nothing to complain about.
“This is my second Saturday again in metropolitan racing and it was nice to get this experience.
‘‘You need to be using winners to get seen.’’
Ljung, who moved from Townsville to Toowoomba three and a half years in the past, is scheduled to return out of her time in November, however was assured she would safe an extension, hopefully till the finish of the season.
Saturday’s win was her first race experience on Helarocity, though she had partnered him in jumpouts beforehand.
“It was good to get on him in a race,’’ she mentioned. ‘‘He’s a actual winner and is aware of easy methods to discover the line.’’
Rob Heathcote delved again into the archives of Melbourne Cup historical past when making the resolution to again up Pinch Passion in the three-year-old.
Pinch Passion broke his maiden at Ipswich on Wednesday and Heathcote was joyful to again him up three days later, the place he lowered the growth on Rancho Montoya over the Caloundra 1600m circuit.
“Back in the day they at all times did the Mackinnon into the Melbourne Cup and that was in the again of my thoughts after we ran on Wednesday,” Heathcote mentioned.
“He had been unfortunate so I made a decision to take him to Ipswich and get the maiden out of the means. He’s a horse that at all times does so properly after a run — when you look at him he’s bought dapples on dapples.’’
Gollan hits bullseye once more with quartet
TONY Gollan’s sensible fortnight continued with a career-best equalling 4 winners at the Sunshine Coast.
Gollan produced Just Orm and Courtza King to win first-up, whereas What’s That and My Girl Hayley constructed on constant current kind to spherical out the quartet.
Just as he did final week, Gollan attributed the good type of his steady to swimming.
He mentioned he swims about 30 of his 90-strong steady every week and all 5 winners on Saturday (together with one at the Gold Coast) are in his “swimming staff”.
Gollan expressed shock at the massive odds served up about Courtza King ($19) given his current work, however feared he had erred with Just Orm earlier than his win.
“I didn’t gallop him on Thursday and when he bought right here he sweated up badly and I believed he was going to be too contemporary. He seemed horrible by the time he bought to the yard.’’
What’s That gained off a 35-day break in the 2200m Benchmark 80.
“He had a viral setback and the means the races fell I couldn’t trial him, so it’s been a good effort to win off the five-week break,” Gollan mentioned.
Jeff Lloyd rode What’s That in a uncommon look for the Gollan steady.
“He’d win on a broomstick that bloke,’’ Gollan mentioned with a snort. ‘‘I should use him more often.’’
My Girl Hayley was in a position to get into a pretty trailing place by Jim Byrne and she or he proved too sturdy in the F & M Benchmark 75.