Tight finish in Newmarket
LIGHTWEIGHTS continued their domination of the $55,000 XXXX Rockhampton Newmarket Handicap (1300m) yesterday when in a thrill- ing finish Jazz Fund ($10.00) scored a half-neck win over dead-heaters, the equal $5.00 favourites Late For Tea and Inverse Ratio.
Punters who took note of statistics in yesterday's Newmarket preview story in The Morning Bulletin may have won handsomely as Jazz Fund (53kg) became the 22nd winner of the last 26 Newmarkets to succeed with a light weight.
The proven system filled the tri- fecta as Inverse Ratio (Lacey Morri- son) carried the minimum while Late For Tea (Adam Best) had one kilogram over.
Jazz Fund, trained by Kerry Munce at Gympie, landed some size- able bets firming from $13.00 late in the betting to shorten $3.
The winner typifies the fickleness of racing as it was a pick-up ride for Toowoomba hoop Kenji Yoshida mid-afternoon.
This came about when engaged jockey Terry Treichel was stood down on medical advice after finish- ing unplaced on Savannah Road in the Class 4 Handicap (1300m) won by the Tony Crane-trained Scandal Park ($10.00).
Brisbane apprentice Chad Pay leads in the score of winners for the Carnival after making it four for the week when tough grey, the Lindsay Gough trained Yukon Pride ($5.00), bolted home in the Class 2 (1300m).
Pay is riding with considerable confidence and is vigorous at the finish of a race.
Central Queenslanders fared well on Newmarket Day as the Allan Jones-trained Brief Encounter (Paul Hammersley, a cleverly named daughter of Afleetafair (IRE), won the $12,000 Class 3 Handicap (1000m).
Taroom trainer Rodney Hay, a devotee of Rockhampton racing, en- joyed a pleasant long trip home after Zed Street ($16.00) won the $20,000 B & J Car Sales Maiden (1200m).