Krissie Simpkins and Aisle Six ‘love Quirindi’

Krissie Simpkins gives a very happy Aisle Six a smooch after his win at Quirindi on Monday. Photo: Bradley Photos,

There’s no denying it, the Krissie Simpkins-trained Aisle Six just ‘loves’ Quirindi.

The eight-year-old is by no means a superstar, boasting a record of five wins and 12 placings from 58 starts.

Still, the Atomic gelding is at home on the Quirindi racetrack, having started there nine times for two wins and five placings.

On Monday, Aisle Six was found by some astute punters in the Benchmark 58 Handicap (1600m), and they backed the Muswellbrook galloper in from $12 to $8.

With Chelsea Hillier in the saddle, he fought hard to the line for 0.81 of a length win from the Natasha Hall-Antonio-trained Enthralled (Camille Houlgatte, $14), while in third and 1.73 lengths back was the Larry Fairhall-trained broad Outlook (Matthew Palmer, $8).

 “He definitely loves it. He’s never run worse than a fourth, except on a wet track, so he loves it here, and it was a good ride by Chelsea,” Simpkins said after the race. 

“I wait for every Quirindi meeting; whether it’s 1400m to a mile, he always tries.”

Aisle Six appreciated the early speed injected into the race, which set him up for a good win. 

“He’s one of those horses; you can’t be too close if they are not running along, but if you can be there on the bunny and get a good run, he’ll definitely let down,” Simpkins said. 

For Hillier, she was just glad to be on board, indicating that connections were very confident leading into the eight-furlong contest. 

“He loves it here, he always races really well here, and I spoke to Billy (Cray) and Krissie before the race, and they were really confident because he loves the track so much and he drew really well,” Hillier said. 

“There was speed in the race, which he needs, and it all panned out perfectly for us. 

“Krissie said he can be a bit keen, so don’t dig him, so I just left that little bit of room, and he travelled beautifully.”

Hillier has been in top form of late, with the two-kilogram claiming apprentice thriving under Rod Northam’s tutelage and Alison Dyson’s management. 

“I’m going along well and getting a few winners,” Hillier said. 

“There’s lots of travelling and everything else that comes with it, but it’s good, and I enjoy it. 

“Alison; she’s amazing and has been really good to me, and I’m glad I found her, and Rod has always been good, so I’m very lucky.”

Mikayla Weir stole the show when riding five winners on what was an entertaining day’s racing at Quirindi on Monday. 

Incredibly, Weir’s feat was achieved for five different trainers, including Jan Bowen, Melanie O’Gorman, Jane Clement, Scott Singleton, and Stirling Osland.

For Quirindi’s results, click here.