Allen rides to further success Down Under

Seven days after making history in the South Australian Derby, Co. Cork's Allen piloted another Group 1 winner

Saturday, May 16, 2020

Johnny Allen used to be a National Hunt jockey in Ireland but now rides on the Flat in Australia

Johnny Allen’s perfect week continued as he claimed his tenth career Group 1 victory by riding Trekking to victory in Adelaide, Australia, writes Luke Baker.

On the final day of the Autumn Carnival at Morphettville, Co. Cork’s Allen edged out local favourite Gytrash by a nose to win the AU$400,000 Goodwood.

The triumph came just seven days after the Irishman made history on the same course by landing the Group 1 South Australian Derby on Russian Camelot, who became the first northern hemisphere-bred colt to win a derby in Australia.

The James Cummings-trained Trekking trailed Gytrash by a few lengths with 200 metres to go but Allen hauled in the leader and pipped him on the line to record his first win in the colours of Godolphin.

"I think I might have had one ride for them [Godolphin] before, in a poxy Kyneton maiden," said Allen.

"But it was good to get the ride here. Obviously, they’re very famous colours and James Cummings is part of a very famous family and this was my first ride for him as well. It’s a good start to our partnership, hopefully."

Despite being a little undersized, Trekking showed plenty of heart to overhaul the favourite and continued former National Hunt jockey Allen’s success since switching to the Flat – the Cork native having now won around AU$30m (€17.8m) since emigrating Down Under in 2011.

"What a great little horse," said Allen of Trekking. "It was my first time riding him and I was actually surprised when I got to the mounting yard how small he is.

"He was tough and we had a super run. The runner-up [Gytrash] gave a real good kick and I thought getting out that we were going to catch him and he kept kicking, but to my lad's credit he really fought and put his head down on the line."

What a great little horse. It was my first time riding him and I was actually surprised when I got to the mounting yard how small he is.
- Johnny Allen on Trekking

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