Coleman’s judgement spot on

Michael Coleman cruising home on Stylish Attack at Avondale today.

Michael Coleman cruising home on Stylish Attack at Avondale today.

Cambridge trainer Graeme Hughes only had to look at the commitment of jockey Michael Coleman to realise he had a top chance of back-to-back wins with Stylish Attack at Avondale today.

Coleman was prepared to drive all the way to Avondale for just the one ride on Stylish Attack and, though he did pick up another mount, the longshot Shameless (unplaced in the second event), he was confident Hughes’ Tavistock mare would be hard to beat.

Coleman had ridden Stylish Attack for the first time when winning on him at Te Aroha last month and gave a promising report to Hughes.

Despite the Matamata jockey’s opinion of Stylish Attack, Hughes admitted to being nervous and reserved over his charge’s prospects in the West Brook Winery 1600, in which the four-year-old was climbing from Rating 65 to Rating 75.

“When they go up in class it gets harder and harder as they climb the ladder,” said Hughes in a pre-race interview. “She’s worked very well the other morning and she’s thriving.”

Stylish Attack took her record to three wins and four placings from 11 starts and did it so in style, scoring by a length and a quarter with Meeska Mooska finishing on for second to provide Cambridge with the quinella.

Hughes now has a good reason to lift his sights higher with Stylish Attack, whose three wins have been at 1600 metres but suggest she will relish more of a staying test.