Five of the best for Leandro Ribeiro at Tottenham

Leandro Ribeiro rode five winners at Tottenham on Saturday. Photo: Racing Photography.

There was no stopping Brazilian hoop Leandro Ribeiro at Tottenham on Saturday. 

The 38-year-old started in each of the six races on the picnic program and incredibly booted home a winning-quintet, while he almost rode the card, finishing second on his other ride when beaten less than half-a-length. 

Ribeiro won the feature on the day when guiding the Connie Greig-trained Inzaghi ($3.20) to victory in the $9000 Tottenham Picnic Cup, and he rode two more winners for the Dubbo trainer when taking out the 800m Class Three on Yorker ($2) and the 1200m Class Two on Pahang ($5.50).

NSW’s leading picnic jockey also won on the Rodney Robb-trained Sindagar ($1.70) in the 1000m Maiden Plate and the Clint Lundholm-trained Coop’s ($1.70) in the 1400m Class B.

Ribeiro won the 2021/22 NSW picnic jockey’s title and is regarded by many as the best amateur hoop in NSW and Australia, but not even he envisioned riding five winners at Tottenham. 

“It was a great result,” Ribeiro said.

“Sometimes you go to the races, and not everything goes right, and I thought I would have at least a couple of winners, but not five and nearly six.”

Ribeiro was pleased to win yet another picnic cup for Connie Greig, and he praised the efforts of Inzaghi in the 1400m feature. 

“I thought she had a great chance,” Ribeiro said. 

“Sons of Bourke was the one to beat, because I thought it would jump and run on the sharp track and short straight, but the race worked out well.

“She was there and when I asked for something, she responded really good, and she made up a lot of ground at the end.

“She ran a great race and I think she has a chance to win a few more cups, and 1500m and 1600m should suit her a bit better.”

Tottenham is one of the many unique racecourses on the NSW picnic circuit, but Ribeiro enjoyed the challenge on Saturday. 

“It’s a good track,” Ribeiro said. 

“It is a sharp track, and it has a very short straight, but I’ve ridden there the last two years, and it was pretty safe, and everyone enjoyed it.”

The popular jockey, who rides trackwork for Gary Portelli, is loving life in Australia, and he was recently granted citizenship. 

His partner and former picnic rider turned professional hoop, Julia Presits is apprentice to Portelli, with the Scandinavian product now a dual city winning jockey. 

Ribeiro said the pair were enjoying life as it was, but he gave some insight into what the future might hold. 

“I enjoy riding at the picnic circuit, and Julia wants to finish her apprenticeship,” Ribeiro said. 

“Gary has been really good to both of us, and he has given Julia a lot of support, and he really likes her.

“After her apprenticeship, we are thinking about maybe training and we plan on doing something together, but it doesn’t always work out the way you want, and we will see what happens.

“At the moment, I enjoy riding at the picnics and collecting the winners, and I’ll keep trying to do that.”

Ribeiro won’t have a very long trip to make from Sydney on Saturday when travelling to Crookwell, and he will team up with Canberra trainer Darryl Rolfe on the day. 

For full results from Tottenham click here and for Crookwell’s nominations click here