Irish racing may be in the wilderness amid the Coronavirus but our exports are keeping the tricolour in the news Down Under with Cork jockey Johnny Allen adding yet another string to his bow by landing his third South Australian Derby on Saturday.
Allen has been a revelation since answering a newspaper advert to make the move to Australia nine years ago and victory for the Danny O'Brien-trained Russian Camelot (19/10 favourite) secured his ninth Group One in the saddle.
The 35-year-old rode a treble at Adelaide's Morphettville track with the Irish bred colt defying inexperience to land the A$400,000 Derby on just his second start and continue the remarkable rise of Allen.
The Araglin native "came from Ireland as a fat jumps jockey" but has risen the ranks as a flat rider and had his first ride in the Melbourne Cup last November when partnering Joseph O'Brien's Downdraft.
"I came out here just chancing my arm. I was gone quiet at home and always had a bit of a desire to travel," Allen told the Irish Independent last year. "I initially came for four or five months for the jumps season.
"I came over with an open mind and I got on well. Jump racing is quite a small scale over here so to gain more opportunities, I got my weight down and started riding on the flat more."