Collett back a week after being blinded by flying mud



Collett is one of the best jockeys around the provincial circuit and, even with her injury problems, she has had 73 winners for the season. But she knows it’s an important time of the year given that the big-name hoops are away in Brisbane.

“It’s just frustrating because this is the time when there are chances in town, and I haven’t been able to take them because I have been sick,” Collett said. “I had been planning to be in town for about six weeks, but I have missed half of them.

“I want to push myself to the next level, and a way I can do that is by winning a few races at this time of the year and letting people see me in town.

“I have some good rides on the weekend with horses I have been on recently, so hopefully I can get a result.”

Collett rode a city winner on Aemelius for Annabel Neasham last month, and she has a host of rides for the leading stable on Saturday.

But her best chance looks to be the Mitch Beer-trained Mnementh in the Bob Charley Stakes after missing out on riding him at Scone because of illness.

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“I was on him first up in the Hawkesbury Rush and he was really good late, and I was looking forward to getting on him at Scone again,” Collett said. “He likes soft ground, and even though it is a big field he can run a big race.”

Collett thinks Akkadian Emperor can take the big step from a Hawkesbury maiden to Saturday grade as the Churchill import stretches out to 2000m.

“He is definitely a stayer and was very strong at the end of the Hawkesbury race. He is going to get better the more he steps out in trip, and I think he will like the soft track,” Collett said.

“It is good to have an association with Annabel, she is one of my biggest supporters and it would be nice to get another win for her in town.”

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