McCall gives meeting wide berth after draw
By TONY McMAHON ? CALOUNDRA trainer Ray McCall, who over the years has made Rockhampton's Callaghan Park racecourse his happy hunting ground, will bypass today's TAB meeting there because of wide barrier draws.
McCall's prospects, Star Blitz and Our Mr Buzz, drew barriers nine and 13 respectively.
"They have drawn off the track mate. They won't be coming,'' McCall said yesterday.
The absence of the top pair has opened the betting in both races ? the $14,700 QTIS 3YO Class 1 (1100m) and the $12,000 XXXX Gold Class 2 (1000m).
Jazzoom and Fleet The Bongo will vie for favouritism in the Class 1 while From The Top will be favourite in the Class 2 (1000m).
Dale Evans has a mixed book.
Evans was unlucky to miss being recognised as Queensland Racing's top provincial hoop at the annual awards in Brisbane on Monday night.
Townsville's David Crossland won the award on a countback from Evans after both hoops rode 94 winners but Crossland rode the most second placegetters.
Despite being out for about four months of the season through injury, Evans landed 98 placegetters as well from 419 qualifying race rides.
Brisbane apprentice Gavin McKeon, who rode dozens of winners on the northern provincial circuit last season, was crowned top provincial apprentice as well as leading metropolitan ap- prentice.
Evans and McKeon will collect more trophies at the Rockhampton Jockey Club's awards at the Kalka Palms Hotel after the Callaghan Park races on September 13. Meanwhile, Queensland Racing has confirmed that Kabra owner Bob Sutton, the owner of Sir Allister, has appealed on dual grounds over two lots of $1000 fines imposed over alleged breaches of stewards' directions.
Sutton, who has applied for a trainer's licence, will have the appeals heard before the First Level Racing Appeals Board in Brisbane next Tuesday.
Gracemere trainer Jim O'Shea, fined $500 during the Sir Allister inquiry, has not appealed.
The Sutton-owned and O'Shea- trained Only A Fling starts at Callaghan Park today.