And the fine fillies have it
RACING: Once the male dominated bastion of father and son, the racing industry has transgressed to where dads and their daughters have become not only reliant but highly successful combinations.
Consider the results from yesterday's Rocky Amateur races with a difference at Keppel Park, Yeppoon, where trainer Garnett Taylor combined with apprentice jockey daughter Alisha and Otto's Delight ($5.00) to win the Class 3 (1800m).
Better still for proud parent Garnett, teenage apprentice Alisha went on to ride her first treble of winners at a TAB card by booting home Neil Boyle's Kalkie Miss ($3.50) in the Maiden (1200m) as well as Bundaberg trainer Bill Melvin's High Dee ($9.00) in the Class 2 (1100m).
Not forgetting, of course, the Mackay father-and-daughter act of trainer Mick and jockey Trinity Bannon, who had punters singing their praises when ghostly grey Stipulation ($3.80 favourite) notched their second win in a week by racing away with the Class 6 Plate (1000m).
As an aside, Mick and Trinity could keep the winning run rolling with Sequedo in the Class 3 Plate (900m) at the second day of the Rocky Amateurs at Callaghan Park, Rockhampton this afternoon.
Ensuring that women riders produced better figures than the men at Keppel Park, Brisbane jockey Mandy Radecker and Bundaberg mentor Tony Hess once again went dining out at the expense of Yeppoon bookmakers, carving-up the Class 4 (1300m) field with Lunch In The Sun ($4.60 favourite).
Endorsing the long held theory that Keppel Park is very much the home of the axiom “horses for courses”, the trio had previously won there on September 14.
Taking that theory one step further, while making it a day of celebrations for Bundaberg trainers was the barnstorming win of trainer Darryl Gardiner's Provenzano (Chris McIver, $8.00) who flew home to nab Let It Hail (Luke Dillon, $5.00) and win the $23,500 Rocky Amateurs Bracelet (1200m).
In the space of just a few months, Provenzano has raced five times at Keppel Park for three wins and a third.
Less than two lengths covered the first five horses home in the Bracelet, with Sequestrate, King Hunter and Proscenium Arch finishing close behind the quinella horses.
Langfuhr (CAN) staying gelding Role Of Ned (Dale Missen, $3.00 favourite) gave his backers a big fright before lifting in the final stages to win his second successive $25,000 Rocky Amateurs Cup (1800m).
Role Of Ned dug deep to catch another of the Langfuhr breed in outsider Fuhrmidable (Jason Letherby, $26.00) to get-up and win by a neck with Spectacular Pic (Craig Beets, $9.00) a half-length away third.
Ironically, in winning the Cup last year at Callaghan Park, gutsy Role Of Ned also won by just the neck margin.
Dale Wright produced yet another last start Keppel Park winner in Sherbrooke ($9.00) to take out the Class 1 (1300m).