Sheargold lands a double
ROCKHAMPTON jockey Scott Sheargold had a dream start to the rebirth of his riding career in Central Queensland when he rode a winning double at Thangool races last Saturday.
The talented jockey arrived back in Rockhampton the previous week, so he was delighted to win on Louisa's Dream and Reece's Comet.
On the Gus Philpot-trained Louisa's Dream, Sheargold had the filly travelling comfortably, albeit widely, in the small QTIS 2YO Maiden field.
“She was about three deep but always travelling within herself. She had them covered at the top of the straight and even though she was inclined to lay in a little I thought she fought on and won well,” Sheargold said.
Louisa's Dream had to survive a protest from the Fred Smith-trained runner-up Gascara but this was subsequently dismissed.
Trainer Philpot and Louisa's Dream's Yeppoon owners Gary and Rhonda Hall and Greg Simpson missed the win, being present at a Magic Millions QTIS Sales 600 sales function at the Gold Coast Turf Club.
The trio burst into applause and spontaneous celebration when Philpot phoned the Thangool track and got the results.
Later at the Thangool meeting, Sheargold scored an all-the-way win on the Clint Garland-trained flying machine Reece's Comet in the Class 1.
“She jumped brilliantly from the wide gate and led throughout for a pretty smart win,” he said.
Sheargold is determined to make a go of his opportunities in Rockhampton after a recent stint in country New South Wales and the Gold Coast.
“I'm really happy. My girlfriend (Kelly) and I drive up each morning from Yeppoon to ride track work at Callaghan Park and it is great to get the benefits so quickly. I'm also thankful to the trainers for putting me on,” Sheargold said.
Clint Garland's parents Jack and Margaret were also at the Gold Coast and they too celebrated the win on Reece's Comet.
At the Magic Millions QTIS 600 Yearling Sales on Sunday they purchased Lot 88, a Hidden Dragon colt, for $8000.
Not to be outdone, Greg Simpson spent some of his winnings by buying Lot 56, a Falvelon filly, for $10,000.
Rockhampton Jockey Club committee man Ron White paid $21,000 for Lot 98, a Dane Shadow filly from the Iglesia mare Crying Diamond.