Donna and Tim Cook up a racing feast
THE winning ways of Rockhampton trainer Tim Cook, and his teenager apprentice jockey Donna Carrigg, continued at Rockhampton's Callaghan Park racecourse yesterday.
The pair combined for a double through Our Jim Beau in the Class 3 Plate (1400m) and Oakleigh in the $12,000 Class 1 Handicap (1100m).
Oakleigh scored a win running-on over the final 200 metres to win by 3.75 lengths from Mackay galloper Little Toffy (Trinity Bannon) and Run Like Blazes (Dan Ballard).
The youthful Cook is building one of Rockhampton's biggest team of horses and he is set to challenge John Wigginton for premiership honours this season.
Capable Rockhampton apprentice Luke Dillon was in luck when he substituted for Ballina apprentice Danny Peisley on Roma trained Brave Hawk youngster Elanet to win the $14,700 QRIS 2YO Maiden (1100m).
Elanet overcame a prerace scare of bursting through the stalls and colliding with the running rail to be cleared fit to start and win convincingly from boom youngster Private Ascot (Chris McIver).
Very few of Brave Hawk's small batch of first season youngsters have raced, but another in Winona Brave demonstarted marked improvement finishing fourth.
Longreach trainer Kevin Birse's seven hour road trip to Rockhampton proved fruitful when he won the Maiden Handicap (1400m) with Sessantanove (Dan Ballard).