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Coome chases first city winner

By Glenn Davis

Rockhampton’s Adrian Coome has rolled the dice with Sunrise Dancer as he chases his first metropolitan winner as a trainer at Eagle Farm on Thursday.

Sunrise Dancer was a dual acceptor in the Benchmark 70 Handicap over 1200 metres and the Class 6 Plate over 1400 metres.

The four-year-old is chasing a hat-trick after two recent wins on her home track at Callaghan Park last month and a Mackay victory on February 9.

Sunrise Dancer drew a better barrier in gate five in the Class 6 Plate but Coome believes the Benchmark race is an easier assignment despite drawing barrier 11.

“The Benchmark race looks easier for her and she’ll come in a few without the emergencies,” Coome said.

“She’s been racing well back at home so her Sydney owners wanted to give her a go in Brisbane before she goes for a spell.”

Sunrise Dancer was originally trained in Victoria before she left the Phillip Stokes stable to head to Caloundra trainer Stu Kendrick.

She started seven times for Kendrick, winning a Benchmark race at the Sunshine Coast last November before she was left with Coome after finishing third in a Class 4 at Rockhampton in December.

Coome has found the key with the daughter of Dawn Approach - who has only had three starts for the stable - finishing fourth in her first appearance at Rockhampton on January 13 before recording successive wins.

Coome was based at Callaghan Park when he won last year’s Rockhampton trainers’ premiership in only his second year as a trainer.

He originally rented on-course stables but has since relocated to a private training facility at Bouldercombe, north of Rockhampton, where he’s continuing another great season with 20 winners and 26 placings from 133 starters.

“I moved there about two months ago as it’s not as busy as being on-course,” Coome said.

“I’ve got an 1100-metre grass track and it saves me a lot of money in rent.”

Sunrise Dancer was the trainer's first winner trained out of his Bouldercome training complex.

Coome was a former champion provincial rider before retiring from the saddle in 2018 following a long battle with weight problems. 

In his riding days, he had 975 wins and was the State’s leading rider three times, winning seven Rockhampton jockeys’ premierships and two in Mackay.

Among his list of achievements was winning the Rockhampton Cup three times as well as three Rockhampton Newmarkets and three Townsville Cups. 

Sunrise Dancer