The Girl led all the way to win Classic
DEBUTANTE, the $26.00 outsider Thundering Girl caused a boilover when leading all the way to win the $40,000 Nev and Noela Callaghan 2YO Classic (1200m) at Callaghan Park in Rockhampton on Saturday.
Racegoers watched in virtual silence as Thundering Girl, who most had never heard of, stalledoff Elanet ($3.80) to win by a long neck.
Forade ($7.00) was third just in advance of his more favoured stablemate Deceiving who ran on strongly from well back for fourth.
Thundering Girl (Thunder Gulch (USA)-Travelling Girl x Danzero) was a $45,000 yearling purchase at the 2005 Magic Millions Sales on the Gold Coast.
Her Sunshine Coast trainer Tom Harrison prepared her for Saturday's race on the strength of some promising barrier trial results.
Because she was not eligible for the QTIS bonuses, Thundering Girl collected $19,200 for first instead of the $26,200 for youngsters registered for the scheme.
Runner-up, the Brave Hawk gelding Elanet produced a mighty run coming from near last at the 600 metres to pull-in about eight lengths on Thundering Girl.
Elanet's trainer Craig Smith and jockey Tony Lane, had better luck in Saturday's $15,000 Lightning Handicap (1000m) combining to win with Zoe's Lad ($3.80).
Zoe's Lad was too strong for Town Player ($7.00) and Nessuno $4.20) in one of the strongest Lightning fields seen in recent years.
Winner Zoe's Lad is now unbeaten in three starts over the Callaghan Park 1000 metres course.
Nessuno's effort for third under 62kg was excellent while seventh placed Cindy Kate may have figured in the finish only for rearing in the barriers and then diving in the air as the start was affected loosing ground.
The Rockhampton Jockey Club has another excellent TAB program scheduled for Callaghan Park on Thursday.