Hunter?s king of the track

SUPERLATIVES fall short of describing the magnificent winning performance of exciting three-year-old King Hunter ($6) which won against all odds at Rockhampton's TAB race meeting yesterday.

Burdened with many kilograms over weight-for-age with 56.5kg and the youngest of the eight horses in the $12,000 Class 5 Handicap (1000m), King Hunter was resuming from a sixmonth spell and was treacherously drawn at seven barrier.

Luckily for King Hunter Hunter horses cannot read or speak as all he would have taken in was "you can't win''.

Good horses "climb mountains'' and King Hunter conquered his in a courageous short-half-head win over highly promising four-year-old, the odds-on favourite Man Of illusion (Tony Pattillo, $1.60).

Caught wide and contesting the lead, under-rated Rockhampton jockey Deninis Whitmore refused to panic and allowed King Hunter to settle into a comfortable gait.

Whitmore landed a winning double and so too did former Sunshine Coast jockey, the very capable Mark Usher who scored on Lyle Wright's One Alone ($2.10) and Wayne Pomfrett's Cambooya ($2.40).

Usher has just moved to Rockhampton but earlier in his career in Sydney he won the 2000 Canterbury Cup on Edward Brae.

Horses ran for apprentice Donna Carrigg who prosecuted well to win the Class 2 (1000m) in the stewards' room on protest on Maurice Stafford's Magic Soiree ($13.00) which was fouled on the track by Hard Wood Forest which scored a narrow win despite jockey Dale Evans' attempts to straighten him off Magic Soiree.



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