Ringo's A Rockstar wins for Stephens, Gray

BRISBANE Aug 27 2016

Veteran trainer Norm Stephens' loyalty to journeyman jockey Matt Gray paid off when they combined to win with Ringo's A Rockstar at Doomben.

Ringo's A Rockstar ($5) lived up to an easy win at the Sunshine Coast when he beat Mymancharles ($7) by a length with 1-3/4 lengths to I Remember You ($31).

Stephens, 85, has been a popular figure in Queensland racing, having won the 1948 Stradbroke as a teenage jockey on Ballyvista and then as a trainer when he won the 1987 Silver Slipper with Ballook.

He has a small team and while Stephens has had a steady stream of provincial winners, his last metropolitan winner was Spinhro in 2011.

"It keeps me young and I have my family to help me. Ringo's A Rockstar has always shown potential and I reckon he can win a few more," Stephens said.

"We bred Ringo's A Rockstar and his mother Cradle Rock had plenty of ability."

Gray also makes only rare appearances in Brisbane on a Saturday but has been the regular rider of Ringo's A Rockstar.

"I was apprenticed to Norm and have been riding for him for 22 years. He has always stuck by me and so have the other owners in the horse," Gray said.

Mark Oberhardt - AAP

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