Aaron Spiteri rides Excuse My French to a win in the Tasmanian Guineas at Mowbray in January 2010.FORMER champion jockey Patrick Payne will follow the lead set by his brother Andrew two years ago in trying to win tonight’s $90,000 Tasmanian Guineas at Mowbray.
Payne has caught the eye as a trainer and is making a name for himself since retiring from the saddle.
Initially regarded as a trainer of jumpers, Payne has now expanded his skills and has a good strike-rate from his stables at Plumpton in Victoria.
Two years ago, his younger brother Andrew came to Mowbray and captured the first three-year-old feature race of the season with Excuse My French and the Tasmanian Guineas has remained on the family radar ever since.
Payne will run last-start Horsham winner Jarss Act tonight and the gelding will be ridden by his sister Michelle.
During his riding career, Payne was associated with some of Australia’s great horses, including Northerly, and they combined to win the W. S. Cox Plate and the Australian Cup.
Jarss Act will be Payne’s first runner in Tasmania and the gelding is quoted at $4.20 in early betting.
He is one of two interstate horses contesting the Tasmanian Guineas, with the Morphettville training partnership of Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas represented by Moving Money, who will be ridden by stable jockey Clare Lindop.
They have a good record on their infrequent trips to Tasmania.
Although Moving Money has a good record in Adelaide, he will be racing over 1600 metres for the first time tonight.
Challenging the interstate pair will be Tasmania’s two top three-year-olds Bionic Star and Anelene.
The two have established a head-to-head battle, with the result slightly in favour of filly Anelene.
Jockey Craig Newitt will attempt to win his first Tasmanian Guineas tonight aboard outsider Barysh Quest.
Newitt is enjoying a run of success in Victoria, where he leads the state riding premiership and is second on the metropolitan table.
Tonight the Tasmanian Turf Club has recognised the past achievements of Roy and Dora Coughlan, Ron Evans, Craig Hanson, Ken Evans and Ray Trinder by having memorial races named after them.
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