PROMINENT horseman Joe Conolly notched a personal milestone last night.
Heading to Club Menangle with five runners – which equates to half his team – Conolly left with three winners and a quinella.
Although he has achieved the feat on the provincial circuit, Conolly’s treble was his first at a metropolitan meeting.
“It made for a pretty exciting night,” Conolly said. “I have had a treble before, but this is the first in town.
“I gave them all a solid chance, but you never expect to walk away with three winners.”
Doubtless Bay opened Conolly’s account by proving too slick in the first event on the card.
With Seaton Grima in the cart, Doubtless Bay rated 1:54.3 over 2300 metres as his stablemate, Spirit And Soul, finished second, with Wow Hes A Rock Star third.
Conolly and Grima completed an early double when Loyalist scored from Joe Nien and Gliding Away in 1:53.8 over 2300 metres.
“Of the three Loyalist is the one I expected to win,” Conolly said. “He is a pretty handy horse and has got such good speed that you can duck him in and let him run home.
“I thought he should have won last week and he was dropping in class last night.”
Jimmy Locke rounded out the treble for Conolly and Grima by causing an upset in the J E Binskin Free-For-All.
Paying $13 on the Tote, Jimmy Locke accounted for Alta Orlando and Huli Nien in 1:50.4 over a mile.
“Jimmy can pop up when he is on,” Conolly said. “He’s got ability but doesn’t always bring it to the track.
“He is a horse you can never write off, but at the same time, never back with confidence.”