Visitors take home spoils
VISITING horses won the major spoils before a large festive season crowd at the Rockhampton Jockey Club's 18th B & S Ball race meeting, yesterday, at Callaghan Park.
The feature race, the Patlaw Securities Class 2 Qualifier (1200m), was won by Bundaberg trainer, Darryl Gardiner's consistent Waterford Road filly, Craiglea Emma (Ty Huxham), who held off Harley George (Tony Pattillo) by a half-length.
Craiglea Emma certainly deserved her win which followed placings behind Craiglea Cowboy and Craiglea Warrior at recent Callaghan Park meetings.
Sunshine Coast apprentice, Tyrone Huxham, had her cosily placed on the pace for most of the race before shooting clear in the straight. The win was memorable for teenage Huxham, being his first at Callaghan Park, and vindicating the high regard astute racing men have for him in the south.
Craiglea Emma's winning time of 1min:09.83 seconds, was superb and was in fact faster than that of Class 6 winner King Hunter. Bowen trainer, Andrew De Boni, has a natty juvenile in Coracle Belle, impressive winner of the QTIS 2YO Maiden (1000m) for comeback apprentice, Chad Pay.
A daughter of Kenfair (NZ) and the Salmon Leap mare Coracle(NZ), Pay, ensured the issue was never in doubt with Coracle Belle winning by 1.5 lengths from Brave Hawk youngster Elanet (Michael Evans).