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Old mates combine with Piccirillo
OLD mates Stuart Hinks and Tony Erhart combined to deal punters an early blow when first-starter Piccirillo posted an easy win at the Gold Coast this afternoon.
Hinks, who currently trains a small team at Ipswich, has known Erhart, one of Queensland’s most experienced jockeys, since they were teenagers in the 1960s.
“Tony and I have both started working in the stables about the same time,’’ said Hinks, who has been battling ill health in recent seasons.
“This horse has always shown some ability but has always had trouble with shin soreness that have kept him from racing until now.’’
The Matt Dunn-trained Exotic Boy was sent out the $2.20 favourite in today’s Attwood Marshall Lawyers Maiden Hcp (900m) but was quickly under pressure in the straight and battled into fifth place.
Piccirillo, who officially started $7 but returned $20.30 on the tote, was always travelling strongly in the heavy 10 conditions and drew away over the final stages for a 2-1/4 length win over Nakanai ($7) with 1-1/2 lengths to Spin’s Girl ($4) in third.
Piccirillo is a four-year-old son of Bagger Vance out of the Royal Handout mare Frisky Fay.
Story: Neil Archer
Photo: Trackside Photography Pty Ltd