Gobou allows the last laugh

GRACEMERE'S  Margaret Garland stands to have the last laugh just after 3.40pm tomorrow when her horse Gobou, tagged the “one bid wonder”, contests the $45,000 Country Cup (1200m) a the Tattersall’s race meeting at Eagle Farm in Brisbane.

Margaret was the recipient of good hearted laughter from a tour group of Central Queenslanders just after 3pm on Sunday, March 26, 2006, at the Magic Million Premier Yearling Sales on the Gold Coast.

A bay or brown Snaadee (USA)-Ibby Dibbs x Al Khawaaneeg yearling colt had stood friendless in the auction ring for minutes destined to be “walked” as it had not attracted a bid from the hundreds of would-be buyers who passed it by.

Then in a completely unpremeditated moment of seeming madness, Margaret raised her hand and bid $2000 for the rather gawky-looking individual.

As the auctioneer’s gavel fell, Margaret had herself a yearling telling husband Jack and all and sundry within hearing shot of her dulcet tones: “I can’t leave it there, Jack, I felt sorry for him”.

As tour leader, I suppose I laughed loudest, but now the joke’s on us all as that unwanted yearling, racing as Gobou, has won seven of his eight Rockhampton starts and is a genuine prospect in the “big smoke” tomorrow.

Margaret will be trackside at Eagle Farm for the Country Cup where Gobou has drawn ideally at gate two in the 17-horse field.

Regular rider, Rockhampton’s Adrian Coome, could not make Gobou’s handicap of 54.5kg so the owner’s son and trainer Clinton Garland has engaged Brad Pengelly for the ride.

“All’s gone to plan since he (Gobou) won first-up at Rocky on November 10 and I’m happy with the draw,” Clint Garland said.

Punters attending the bumper Emerald race meeting at Pioneer Park tomorrow will witness some of the biggest fields

congregated there all year.

In all, 59 starters from throughout country Queensland will meet there while another 38 country “neddies” will do the rounds out at Blackall races.

The Rockhampton Jockey Club’s chief executive Denis Cox has made a report to Queensland Racing Limited’s Warren Williams about the disappointing state of the sand track at Callaghan Park on Wednesday morning after just 23mm of rain overnight.

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