High-fives all round for Winona

If Winona Costin was ever going to forget her remarkable feat at the Sapphire Coast over the weekend, an impromptu "decoration" of her car and a return to trackwork quickly halted that.

Alongside the "P" plates which adorn her car are messages scribbled on by a friend reminding everyone of the Kembla Grange apprentice's remarkable achievement of kicking home five winners.

"There were streamers all over it [too]," Costin said. "Everyone [yesterday morning] when I rode work were congratulating me and there were so many posts on Facebook. It was fantastic."

Ask any jockey and they will tell you one winner is hard enough to find. But to maybe put Costin's achievement into perspective you only have to take a quick peek at the starting prices for the horses she punched home.

Among them was a treble for the in-form Donna Grisedale, including Know How ($9), De Licious Bobbie ($10) and her fifth winner in Frankenbeans ($5.50) in the last. Also included were McGovern ($9) and Grey Drama ($16) in the Bega Town Plate.

All were in the market, but far from across-the-line chances.

"I definitely didn't think I would ride five [winners] and I definitely didn't think I'd ride four," Costin said. "It was unreal.

"After I rode my third one I thought, 'I definitely can't ride another one now'. Then I rode four and thought I had no chance on Beans [Frankenbeans] in the last. That came out and won, too, and it was unbelievable."

Some of racing's biggest names haven't missed Costin's undoubted talent as the 19-year-old, indentured to Mick Tubman, targets a three-month loan spell over winter with Gai Waterhouse.

"Hopefully after Easter I will go for three months and like it up there," she said. "I spent two weeks up there at the end of last year and I absolutely loved it. Everyone is so lovely and she's super to ride trackwork for."

Costin's 32 wins so far this season have almost eclipsed her entire haul in 2012-13 as she looks to make a bigger impact in town, including nabbing that elusive first city winner.

Her supporters include a number of Kembla trainers, but she paid tribute to Donna and Jon Grisedale, who provided the bulk of her winners at the Sapphire Coast.

"They've supported me from the start," she said. "I rode my second ever trial on Frankenbeans and I've only had two race rides on him and one's been a winner. They've always been a big help.

"And Mick always lets me ride wherever I want to ride work and ride [races] wherever I want to."

Costin will partner Diane Poidevin-Laine's Setta Rocks at Canterbury today.

Five star: Kembla Grange apprentice Winona Costin rode five winners in a day at the Sapphire Coast. Picture: GREG TOTMAN

Five star: Kembla Grange apprentice Winona Costin rode five winners in a day at the Sapphire Coast. Picture: GREG TOTMAN


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