Favourite scratched after trainer injured
THE only certainty in horse racing is its uncertainty to which Rockhampton trainer Dave Vale can attest.
Vale went to Callaghan Park races yesterday quietly confident he just may have the best day of his training career.
However, just after 12.30pm, that came crashing down as stable runner Corriente spooked while being saddled for the first race and reared over, pinning Vale at the back of the concrete stall.
Fearing he may have been seriously injured, ambulance officers rushed to the track but Vale recovered quickly and required only minimal attention.
Worse off was likely race favourite Corriente, injured and scratched from the race.
All's well that ends well as within two hours Vale had led in a winning double through Joe Dirt ($2.50) and King's Mirror ($21.00).
Sharing in the triumph was recenly relocated apprentice jockey Donna Carrigg who landed her second Rockhampton winning double.
Better still, tenacious pocket dynamo Joe Dirt shattered subsequent Brisbane winner She's Decent's class record carving out the 1200 metres in 1min:09.72 seconds.
It was Joe's second class record time from as many Rockhampton wins.
Joe Dirt with trainer Dave and owners Sharon and Stephen Coomes will try their luck in Brisbane.
Premier hoop Dale Evans took riding honours through a treble of wins on Equitant ($2.35), Amberace ($3.20) and Bourverie's Jest ($3).