Usually the milestone victory takes the longest to get, but super reinsman Blair Orange made light work of his first season century when guiding Donsmedad to victory in the second race at Addington last night.
“Mike Austin is actually the trainer that I have been driving for, for the longest, so it was probably pretty fitting that I brought up my 100th winner for the season is his colours,” said Orange, who heads off on holiday to Singapore in a fortnight.
“I finish at All Stars before I go to Singapore and then when I get back I have a wee break before starting at Ken (Barron’s) at the start of the new season,” he advised.
Orange’s previous best driving tally was 81 winners in a season, which he achieved in 2012.
“It’s been a great season all-round with a couple of Group One victories amongst the 100,” said Orange, who produced a rare victory salute after Donsmedad had crossed the finishing line.
“I think I have only saluted on three or four occasions before so it definitely was pretty important to me,” he added.
Orange then went on to thank all the trainers that have supported him this season, paying special thanks to his good mate Mark Jones, and Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen.
Blair Orange then notched up his 101st winners for the season in race four aboard Someardensomewhere for his soon-to-be former bosses Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen.
“It is definitely going to be the end of an era when I hang up my boots at All Stars but I am looking forward to what lies ahead,” he concluded.
By Mitchell Robertson