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Daniel makes amends in the Colonial Chief Stakes
Gareth Pepper

He has always had ability, which is apparent by looking at his record, but Daniel had not tasted success in 2016 from eight previous runs. 


Not really fancied in the market, Daniel ($72) jumped well and was allowed to stride freely under Jockey Glen Boss.


As they turned for home, it appeared that the fancied runners including Infantry (Manoel Nunes) were battling to make up the deficit and it was all Daniel in this year’s running of the $175,000 Group 3 Colonial Chief Stakes race over 1700m. 

Daniel (Glen Boss) bounces back to his best in the Group 3 Colonial Chief Stakes on Sunday.

Chatting to trainer Laurie Laxon's right-hand man, Shane Ellis, he seemed a bit surprised.


"He shocked us a bit there. He's a good horse and had been going well at home. I spoke to Laurie and said we should try our luck," said Ellis.


"It was a great ride by Glen."


Upon returning to scale, Boss paid respects to trainer Pat Shaw and Rocket Man on their farewell.


"Today is big day for the Shaw camp, and Pat has been great, so it is a pleasure to ride a winner,” said the Australian jockey.


“Getting back to Daniel, his work has been super and his trial with the blinkers was just great.


“I really thought he would be hard to beat last time out, but he just did not enjoy the firm track. Today, he relished the Poly and it was a terrific victory."

The victorious team smiles for the camera: (from left) assistant-trainer Shane Ellis, senior track
rider Chihiro Iizuka and jockey Glen Boss.

Perfect P (Nooresh Juglall) rallied for second place and it was a great run considering he was first-up after 182 days.


It was a fitting end to what has been a quiet season for the Laxon yard, and one for Boss too who declared that he would really like to have a go at the jockey’s premiership in 2017!