Junior hoop can?t believe his four-tune
IT doesn't get much better for any jockey, but for a fledgling apprentice to ride four winners at a TAB provincial race meeting, it is really something special!
Chris McIver, 18, couldn't quite describe his feat after Fire Ant ($13.00), Exemplify ($4.00), Hard Wood Forest ($15.00) and Prototype ($7.00) all succeeded on the Rockhampton race card at Callaghan Park yesterday.
While words were inadequate for McIver his winning rides spoke for themselves.
Each displayed different skills: searching for rails runs, patience, winning the start and agression at the finish of a race.
McIver, who only commenced race riding at Calliope on Boxing Day last year, was born to be a jockey as his dad Rod and uncle Ron were both prolific winning hoops.
One-horse Rocky trainer Lennie Rodgers deserves credit for his astute placement of Exemplify who carried just a wee 52kg with McIver's claim in in the Special Conditions (1200m).
Rodgers believed the weight drop from Exemplify's fifth under 58.5kg behind Joe Dirt just seven days earlier could prove a winning factor ? he was correct.
Trainer Lyn Horstman reverted to old time training methods to coax the best from Hard Wood Forest who is raced in the name of the estate of her mother, Lottie Lisle.
Lyn had McIver gallop Hard Wood Forest strongly down the straight on the sand training track yesterday morning to give the Shinko Forest gelding a good cleanout.
She too was correct as this unorthodox method worked, as through new found enthusiasm, Hard Wood Forest raced close and keenly, and fought hard to win.
Many thousands of dollars in bets came crashing down with jockey John Stephens when the day's best backed runner Crossing ($4.60 - $2.90 - $3.00) turned on a rodeo act by bucking early in the Class 2 (1200m) and dumping the jockey heavily.
Stephens was conveyed to a Rockhampton hospital with suspected shoulder injuries while stewards banned the normally good-natured Crossing until his gentlemanly nature returns at the barrier trials.
Apart from a temper spat from a contestant, the racecaller being locked out of his commentary box by a faulty lock, a Gold Coast jockey missing his plane and causing disruption and jockey Justin Stanley's racing gear going missing between Brisbane airport and Rockhampton, the race meeting was unevenful.