Itz Lily powers to swansong Coffs Cup victory

Alysha Collett and Kris Lees show off the Coffs Harbour Cup after Itz Lily won the $150,000 feature event on Thursday. Photo: Trackside Photography.

The Kris Lees trained Itz Lily has potentially finished her career in the best possible fashion, winning the $150,000 Coffs Harbour Cup on Thursday. 

Under the guidance of Alysha Collett, the six-year-old mare offered a sustained run down the outside in the 1605m event, powering to front before holding off the Jason Deamer trained Greek Hero by the barest of margins, while Michael Costa’s Willo Titto rounded out the top three in what was a blanket finish.

The feature event victory takes Itz Lily’s earnings over $500,000, with the Snitzel mare boasting a good record of 28 starts for eight wins, and now she is destined for the breeding barn. 

“There’s not much of her,” Kris Lees said after the win. 

“She’s a really tough mare but she will more than likely go to stud now.”

Collett was again at her best aboard Itz Lily, with the in-form hoop timing her run to perfection to get the victory, making it four wins from four rides on the flashy chestnut. 

“She rides well, real well,” Lees said.

“She has a real affinity with this horse. I allowed her to ride her own race.

Collett was taking nothing away from Itz Lily, explaining the win was made all the more easy by her mount. 

“I’ve had four rides for four wins on her,” Alysha Collett said after the Cup win.

“She made it easy for me.”

In a huge day for Coffs Racing, six local trainers won races, while the Ken Howard Cup over the 2005m was won by the Stephen Lee trained Pleased. 

Alysha Collett is all smiles after winning the Coffs Harbour Cup aboard Itz Lily. Photo: Trackside Photography.

Christian Reith gave the eight-year-old a perfect ride, finding the front before holding off the fast-finishing pair of Lolita Gold and Arctic Wolf to win the $50,000 race. 

In the Country Magic Merv Mercer Mile, Mikado for Joanne Hardy and Jon Grisedale was too good for his rivals when recording a comfortable victory in the $50,000 event. 

Grisedale had the four-year-old in second for most of the journey, before powering to the lead on the home straight and winning comfortably from Great Marlow and Onehero. 

The Daniel Baker Showcase Sprint over the 1205m was the final feature event and the final race on the program and Trevor Hardy and Jeff Penza combined to win the race with Aheadofhistime. 

Penza offered a patient ride, presenting the five-year-old at the right time before beating off challenges from Saualito and Lose The Snip. 

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