WITH a heavy heart Katelyn and Andrew Mallyon headed today to Sportingbet Park after the funeral of their grandmother, Diane Mallyon.
Katelyn and Andrew would have put a smile on the face of their ‘Pop’ - three time winning Caulfield Cup jockey Mick Mallyon as they finished one-two in the Sportingbet Handicap.
“It is what ‘Nan’ would have wanted,” Katelyn said after she partnered Bonnie Nuit to a short head win over Andrew’s mount Capitivating Lady.
For Katelyn it was her fourth winner back after fracturing a vertebrae in a horrific fall at Flemington last May.
More significantly, it was her first city winner back since she resumed riding at Bendigo on February 9.
“The support I’ve had coming back has been unbelievable,” Mallyon said.
“Of course I’m going to be rusty that first couple of weeks. I feel now that I’m slowly getting back into the swing of things.
“I’m more relaxed than trying to make it happen. I’m just riding, I feel I’m more into it now.”
Bonnie Nuit, trained by Barry Fox, swallowed by Capitivating Lady, which gave a great kick for Andrew Mallyon, in the final stride.
It is the third time Andrew and Katelyn Mallyon have quinellaed a race.
“She let down like a rocket,” enthused Katelyn about the finishing burst of Bonnie Buit, which appreciated the heavy ground.
“I’ll be getting that photo for sure.”