Spirit At Sea and trainer John Collins in Warwick yesterday in the run-up to tomorrow’s five-event card at Allman Park.
Spirit At Sea and trainer John Collins in Warwick yesterday in the run-up to tomorrow’s five-event card at Allman Park. Gerard Walsh

Trainer returns for 30th time

TRAINER John Collins is looking forward to the chance to start a horse at Allman Park again, something he has done each year for the past 30.

He first trained horses at the track 43 years ago and reckons he has started horses at the track each year for the past 30.

No trainer has started a horse at the track for six months due to the wet weather and flood damage from the floods each side of New Year’s Day.

Tomorrow, Collins is one Warwick trainer with a starter.

He has five-year-old mare Spirit At Sea, a horse he races with his son John, a classy golfer who has twice competed in America.

Spirit At Sea has had 21 starts for two wins, three seconds and one third.

She will start in the class 3 plate over 1200 metres.

They have only owned the mare for six months so she gets her first chance on home soil tomorrow.

“She has drawn alley 10 which is against her,” Collins said.

“There is as good prizemoney here as anywhere else in the country.

“It is a pity we couldn’t get more race meetings but that is how it is.”

In her past three starts, Spirit At Sea has won at Toowoomba, finished third in Ipswich and was unplaced on Weetwood Day in Toowoomba.

Collins trains between one and three horses at Allman Park but that has been restricted since the end of 2010 due to flood damage to the sand training track.

He said once the running rail was fixed up about a month ago, trainers were able to use the outside of the grass track for training.

When he couldn’t train at Allman Park, Collins drove a couple of times a week to Toowoomba to train horses and did some steady work in the sand yard at home on other days.

Father and son have recently retired their best horse, Myagi, a gelding who won four Saturday races in Brisbane and the Dalby Newmarket.

“He is now an eventing horse at Scots PGC, if their temperament is right, a lot of racehorses can become eventing horses when they retire.”

 

Race program

  • First of five races at 1.32pm tomorrow.
  • Last race at 4.05pm.
  • Bookmakers operate on local, Toowoomba and interstate races.
  • There are seven race meetings annually at Allman Park.


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