Tipsters caught Running Scared
By TONY MCMAHON ? OLD HEADS combined with youth when aptly-named debutante Running Scared had Rockhampton bookmakers in that mode after landing a cleverly-executed betting sting at Callaghan Park racecourse yesterday.
Backed in from $9.00 to run a well-tried $4 third favourite, Running Scared made his rivals look secondrate in winning the $14000 QTIS 2YO Handicap (1200m).
A tad headstrong (the horse that is) trainer Lyle Rowe called on the guile and experience of veteran hoop Geoffery Booth to bring out the best in Running Scared at track gallops and in trials.
After winning two Callaghan Park barrier trials Rowe set the Clive and Ellen Large-owned Running Scared (Lion Hunter-Yes Dear) for a $20 000 2YO Maiden on Rockhampton Cup Day.
However, the outside barrier draw, thwart that plan so Rowe confidently took on the open juveniles yesterday.
Booth had Running Scared beginning brilliantly before crossing to the lead from where he raced in a world of his own, running out a 5.75 lengths winner.
The win was particularly pleasing for Clive Large, who has always dearly wanted to race a son of Lion Hunter.
"He has a few tricks, but we knew he could gallop,'' Booth said after the win, which contradicted his lacklustre appraisal of Running Scared to touts after a recent trial win.
The smile on the faces of Booth and Rowe after Running Scared's win was satisfaction shining.
On an afternoon of multiples, Moranbah-based winner-hungry jockey Ricky Barone landed a treble through Allan Jenkinson's Big Dave ($5) and trainer John Wigginton's stablemate Montashka ($3.20) and Shakespearian ($8.50).
Jenkinson's double came about when Bill and Dianne Ouston's Moonshiner (Tony Pattillo, $5) scored and impressive Maiden Handicap (1200m) win under 59.5kg.
It didn't end there, as youthful trainer Tim Cook continued his blazing trail of winners through Town Player (Ben Hull, $2.70) and rising star Victory Siren (Lacey Morrison, $2.60) who made it four "on the trot'' by taking out the Open (1300m).
Punters should back-up on Caloundra trainer John Penfold's Draveen (Greg Farrer, $2.70) as his second consecutive Callaghan Park win in the $14 000 QTIS Class 2 (1400m) was accomplished with ease.