FORMER champion jockey Mark Khan’s lengthy riding career has been punctuated by many injury-induced lay-offs and he recorded his first winner back from his latest setback with a hard-fought victory aboard the Duncan Howells-trained All The Way Up at Hollywoodbets Greyville yesterday, writes ANDREW HARRISON.
Paying R63.50 a win on the tote it was not a popular result for punters but for Khan, who has been riding plenty of work for Howells in his effort to get back to race-riding fitness, it was a welcome return to the winner’s enclosure for both jockey and trainer.
One had to delve back in All The Way Up’s form to realise that he was a horse with potential but as Howells eluded to in his post-race interview, the stable was badly hit by a virus and not all the affected horses had come back to form.
A two-month lock-down break and a big drop in his handicap rating and blinkers saw All The Way Up back to his best as he fought on gamely to hold a hard-charging King Julian and replacement rider Keagan de Melo. – Gold Circle.