Dead heats still dog Graham

ROCKHAMPTON trainer Sandra Graham could not be blamed for wondering what she has to do to win a race outright after she led in her second dead-heat winner within seven days when My Fella shared spoils with Julie Green’s Stunder at Emerald races last Saturday.

Taimazov gelding My Fella (Matt Cant, $7.00) looked set for victory in the Maiden (1200m) until Stunder (Dennis Whitmore, $2.50) made a determined lunge right on the finishing line. The judge had to declare a dead heat.

It was an identical scenario for Graham at Yeppoon races on October 27 when her mare, Sonns Suzay, seemed to have an unassailable lead with 50 metres to go in a Class 3 (1000m) only to dead-heat with Mands Bond.

Incidentally, speedy Sonns Suzay, owned by a partnership of Bluff racing identities including race caller Scott Power, is engaged in the last race on the UNITAB program at Rocky tomorrow.

Speaking of Bluff, that centre’s trainer, Ross Vagg, is enjoying a winning trot with his small team as cleverly named Speeding Fine gelding Infringement provided him and jockey Mark Barnham with their second combined win in four days.

At Gladstone’s Melbourne Cup Day races, they won with Frisco View (USA) mare Ruby Frisco.

At Emerald, Infringement $4.60) gradually wore down leader Nude Etyruscan (Carly-Mae Pye, $6.00) to overhaul and beat if by a half-length in the Class 6 Handicap (1000m).

Astute Pioneer Park trainer Tony Button combined with premier Rocky jockey Luke Dillon to win the Open Handicap (1300m) with Fasliyev(USA) gelding Stoutfast ($4.40), who beat Stravinsky(USA) gelding Monsterratt(NZ) (Mark Barnham, $6.00) with race favourite Massiah (Dennis Whitmore, $2.60) back in third place.

Stoutfast is also well named as his dam was named Guinness.

After a winless day’s racing at Mackay last Tuesday, leading country racing jockey-trainer duo of David Simmons and John Manzelmann snared a double at Emerald.

Their impeccably bred Exceed and Excel representative Taupin ($4.40) got up by a nose to haul in the Emerald Jockey Club syndicate’s Neranagatang (Cheryl Rogers, $3.50) in the opening race the Class B (1000m).

In their other win, the pair’s Repeat Offender ($6.00) led throughout to beat Gladstone trainer Denis Schultz’s Sword of Honour ($4.00) by a short neck in the Class 3 (1300m).

Manzelmann leads the Queensland country trainers premiership with 19 winners from about 100 starters for the season.

Simmons shares top spot with Mt Isa’s Dan Ballard: 18 winners on the jockeys board.

Steward Luke Collins reported Emerald racing was strong and competitive on Saturday with no incidents.

Racing in Capricornia next Saturday is at Gladstone while Moranbah races as well, with Clermont scheduled for Saturday, November 21.

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