Trainer sends warning at heats
THE Tommy Noble kennels fired a serious warning shot over Callaghan Park on Saturday with the Brisbane-based trainer collecting two wins and two second places in the heats for this week’s Rockhampton Gold Cup.
Noble was expected to do well as he had nominated five dogs with each having a reasonable chance of success.
The most impressive winner was the bitch Terrific Style in the first heat.
There appeared to be a question mark over the fitness of Terrific Style as she had not raced since January but on Saturday she showed why she has collected over $80,000 in prize money with a brilliant run to cross the line over 10 lengths ahead of another Noble dog Sober Kiss.
Even more impressive was the time of 29.65 seconds over the 510 metre course which was even faster than what dogs were achieving before the track was repaired.
Noble also led in the winner of the third heat where Five of Diamonds stretched out in the run home to get past local hope She’s so Rad, trained by Mark Bube.
In the second heat Noble had to be content with the runner up position with his entry Magic Control well beaten by Ned Snow’s 4-1 hope Unlucky Ginga.
While the draw for the Rockhampton Gold Cup is not yet known there will be few local dogs in line to take the main prize.
Not content with his two wins in the Cup heats, Noble also had winning dogs in two other races.
In a blanket finish Mega Bucks Magic got home by a head from William Pirie’s Jorgy Monster with Barry Hall’s Ronaldo Miss third, the margin between second and third also being a head.
It was an easier victory for the Noble dog Misty Kiralee in a 4th/5th grade race over the 510 course, winning the race by two-and-a-half lengths from Les Wisener’s Spring and Win.
In the Best Eight another visitor, Eddie Neal’s Sunlander, won from the inside box.