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Victoria-based Cork-based jockey Johnny Allen, fresh out of his Group 1 victory at the South Australian Derby at Russian Camelot in Morphettville last Saturday, returned to the Adelaide track today to claim another Group 1 success. , this time on board the Godolphin-owned Trekking at The Goodwood.
The Cork native, who has won more than 600 winners and received $ 30 million in cash prizes since he emigrated to Australia in 2011, was claiming his fourth Group 1 in Adelaide, having won the South Australia Derby on three occasions. .
Trekking, a five-year-old son of Street Cry, coached by James Cummings, grandson of legendary Australian trainer Bart, received a late charge to deny the Lightning Stakes winner and the Gytrash race favorite in the current 1200m group (6 furlong) 1 contest.
The eventual second, Gytrash, left 200m to run before Allen's mount, Trekking, ended him in the last stages to win by a short half head. The win gave Trekking its 11º career success and second Group 1 victory, winning the Stradbroke Handicap in Brisbane last year, while another Godolphin representative, Lyre, was one and three-quarters more, trailing third in the $ 400,000 and six handicap .
Speaking of Trekking, its 10º victory in Group One career, Allen admitted:
“It was the first time that I set it up, and when I went out to the assembly yard, I was surprised by its size. He was tough and had a super run, but runner-up (Gytrash) gave a very good shot. When I left, I thought we were going to catch him, but he (Gytrash) was still kicking. To my boy's credit, he really fought and kept kicking the line. "
Today's victory was Allen's first 35-year-old victory at the highest level at a sprint distance, with the majority over 2000m and even more, although he won the Coolmore Legacy Stakes at Kenedna last year in Sydney , above 1600m.
Unfortunately, similar to last weekend, the Irish driver suffered a suspension and was tried for causing interference on board the winner. As a result, Corkman was suspended for six meetings due to carelessness, due to the ban on five meetings given to him last Saturday by commissioners from South Australia.
The initial suspension started immediately after this morning's Morphettville card and runs until May 27, with the Trekking suspension to follow, meaning Allen will be out of action until June 8.