Shortly before he was banned for 13 meetings, Collett was all smiles after helping secure partner Clare Cunningham’s first city winner.
“What a thrill. Thankyou to (owners) Frank and Vicky Marino for sending me this horse.
“Frank wanted the horse to go to a smaller stable so I’m very grateful he came to me,” she said.
Tenorino had his first start for Cunningham, who used to run Peter Moody’s Sydney satellite stable, at Kembla Grange on July 22 and she was encouraged by a sixth placing.
“He was very unlucky and he pulled up super,” she said.
“I was going to head him up to a mile straight away but the way he hit the line at Kembla Grange, I thought we’re not going to waste that.
“We’ll put him over 1400 and see what we get on a big, beautiful track. With Jason aboard, it was really special.”
Collett was also rapt.
“I’ll be in the good books now,” he said.