Jockey Jim Orman hopes his top ride to win the Listed Ascot Handicap (1200m) on In His Stride will help him secure more work in the winter carnival.
There was a sensation after the race when stewards ruled the favourite Amanaat ($3.20) was declared a non starter at Doomben.
Jockey Bob El Issa had asked it be ruled a non starter because its two attendants had its head “screwed down” and the horse had suffered a jaw injury before missing the start badly.
Chief steward Alan Reardon said after close examination stewards agreed Amanaat had not been given a fair start and it was declared a non runner.
Orman fractured his back in a fall at the Sunshine Coast in early January and has been back riding for about months.
He produced a rails-hugging ride to get In His Stride ($14) home by 1-1/4 lengths to Hi I’m Back ($13) with a short head to Tisani Tomso ($31) third in the $100,000 race.
Banner error, could not find casino id "william-hill-sport"
Orman, who recently rode his 400th race winner, has been working hard on his weight and hopes his win will catch the eye of trainers.
“I ride 54kg at the moment. I have put a lot of work into my comeback and this is a special moment,” Orman said.
“I have won three times on this horse now and he is developing into a favourite of mine.”
In His Stride was scratched at the barriers at the Sunshine Coast last week .
Trainer Rex Lipp said In His Stride had been very unlucky during his career and deserved a stakes win.
“We recently worked out a 1/2 length to two lengths had cost him $600,000 during his career. There might be some nice races for him in the winter away from the Group Ones,” Lipp said.