Joe Dirt finds home with Critch stables

FEISTY Rockhampton sprinter Joe Dirt makes his return to racing tomorrow at the Emerald Jockey Club's four-race card at Pioneer Park racecourse.

Joe Dirt put together a number of wins at Rockhampton during Spring under the training guardianship of Rockhampton's Dave Vale.

Spelled after a gutsy fourth at his open company debut behind Our Secret Agent in the prestigeous Amateur Bracelet (1200m) at Callaghan Park on September 30, little Joe Dirt has mixed stables since.

He went from Vale to Bill 'Slipper' Williams along with apprentice jockey Adrian Coombe, the son of Joe Dirt's owners.

More recently, Joe and Adrian transferred to Don Critch in Rockhampton who has had the little sprinter going nicely on the training tracks.

Last week Critch stepped Joe Dirt out seriously for the first time and under Nathan Evans, who has the Emerald ride, he scored a narrow win over Squeeze Me Please in a 1000 metres trial.

While the time was extremely slow at 65.71 seconds, Joe Dirt was never fully extended and won with a margin in hand.

Ironiocally, Adrian Coombe also makes his return to riding on the Emerald card.

Queensland Racing officials stood the teeneager down for sometime as a legacy of having his indentures cancelled previously.

Another smart restricted galloper in Startacus will oppose Joe Dirt at Emerald.

Meanwhile, top Rockhampton trainer John Wigginton will start both Nessuno and She's Decent at Doomben in Brisbane tomorrow.

Wigginton has stuck with Brad Pengelly for Nessuno who will be strongly fancied in the $75,000 QRSE Handicap (1200m).

Nessuno will have to hump 58.5kg whereas She's Decent is likely to carry only 51kg with Rachel Mason's claim.

Michael Rodd will replace Mackay's George Michaels on recent brilliant Callaghan Park winner Mersey Beat in the $40,000 NMW (1350m) at Doomben.

A busy schedule of racing continues at Callaghan Park next Thursday followed by the Rockhampton Jockey Club's popular twilight race meeting on Friday, February 17.

It affords workers who clock-off early the opportunity of going racing at Callaghan Park late that afternoon.

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