Leading jockey Todd Pannell knows all too well the highs and lows of racing as he brought up his 1000th career win at Morphettville on Saturday.
The 36-year-old reigning premiership holder probably wasn’t expecting the rollercoaster few weeks as he sat on 999 career winners, finally thinking he had broken through for his milestone when Beau Rossa finished a nose clear of Behemoth in Saturday’s Group 3 Spring Stakes at Morphettville.
But a protest fired in by Kayla Crowther on Behemoth for interference in the run home was upheld by the stewards, leaving Pannell flat and still awaiting the elusive 1000th.
What a race! 🔥
Beau Rossa wins by a nose from Behemoth in the Group 3 Spring Stakes at Morphettville… Could we see a protest? @RacingSApic.twitter.com/mmk43e5ro7
To prolong the tease Pannell looked all over a winner on his next ride, Noname Lane, but that runner was grabbed late by the Ryan Balfour-trained Picargo, finishing second.
But the agony was over in the final race when Pannell piloted Naleigh to victory in a photo finish after kicking clear 150m from home.
Pannell was thankful on a day of mixed fortunes, enjoying the milestone but rueing a couple of other rides.
“I wish it (milestone) had happened earlier, it was a pretty dirty day which I am still stewing about but it was good to get it (1000 winners) now,’’ Pannell said.
“It’s been good since I have been back in Adelaide, even the last few seasons getting those numbers on the board.
“Early in my career once I finished my apprenticeship with Hawkesy (Team Hawkes) I had a quiet few years too, just riding around on the Gold Coast and sort of just hopping around and probably getting average rides but I felt like an average rider at the time too.
“I needed a new lease on life. It’s been great to come back and get good support here.’’
Pannell reflected on his ride on Beau Rossa but wasn’t offering excuses.
“He just got a bit lost in front. As soon as I really put the pressure on him with Behemoth right on my tail you are in front of a two-time Group 1 winner, trying to hold that lead down the straight,’’ Pannell said.
“When I went for him he just wobbled around on me in front. I have never led on him before and won’t lead on him again. He’s probably a little bit immature but he is growing up every week in the stable.
“It’s going to happen this prep, I know it. Ideally he won’t be a leader (in a race).
Trainer Will Clarken was philosophical about Beau Rossa’s loss.
“That’s racing but he is still on track for possibly the Memsie. The horse is paramount, we will see how he pulls up and move forward,’’ Clarken said.
“And congratulations to Todd on a terrific milestone.’’
Pannell’s milestone coincided with dual Group 1 winning jockey Kathy O’Hara who brought up her 1000th win at Kembla Grange on Saturday.
Originally published asPannell rides waves to his 1000th winner
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