Booth takes young hoops to school
AT an age when most jockeys are either grandstand or race video riders, veteran Rockhampton hoop Geoffrey Booth gave his younger rivals a lesson to remember at Callaghan Park races on Saturday.
Booth, 55, riding with the strength and athletisicm of a man many decades younger, drove home $61 outsider Closed Out in the Maiden Handicap (1200m).
Renowned for his vigour, Booth never missed a beat on the Max Hansen-trained Clang gelding to win by 0.75 lengths from Chip Shot (Michael Evans, $7.00).
Closed Out was virtually friendless in the betting ring, unlike last Thursday when the Jim O'Shea-trained outsider Call The Roll ($41.00) caught bookmakers unawares.
Call The Roll landed some handsome wagers for a mimimal outlay firming from $101.00 to $41.00 with some bookies still moaning.
Oldtimers at Callaghan Park on Saturday said Booth was riding better now than years earlier in his careeer which started 40 years ago.
Dale Evans, 21, stole the show on Saturday with a winning treble aboard Pop Out'N'Dash ($2.80), Speedex ($6.00) and Just Necking ($3.00).