WINNING BID: Margaret Garland put her hand up and bought a winner with a bid of $2000
WINNING BID: Margaret Garland put her hand up and bought a winner with a bid of $2000 File

Gobou wins by five lengths

RACING: Owner Margaret Garland maintains her horse Gobou, dubbed “the one-bid wonder” is “just starting to get his act together” so heaven forbid what he is going to do to his opposition when he finally does.

What other conclusion could be drawn after Gobou absolutely annihilated ten rivals and some top performers at that, in a runaway five lengths win of the $10,000 Open Handicap (1250m) at Mackay last Friday.

After all, between them, the 11 starters in the race had collectively won 100 races and $1,185,325 in prizemoney.

Ridden for the first time by premier Rockhampton jockey Luke Dillon after regular rider Adrian Coome was replaced, Gobou went within a twinkling of shattering the jointly held course record of one minute 12.8 seconds run by Our Secret Agent, Strictly Smart and Temple Jack.

When posting their times, that accomplished trio were far more seasoned and racing-wise that Gobou, who when only having his 10th career start on Friday and lumping 57kg to boot, recorded 1m:12.83s.

Furthermore, it was Gobou’s first start since November 28 which only adds more merit to what was simply an eye-catching performance.

Dillon was still raving about the win over the weekend.

“I’ve ridden some smart horses but never one as good as Gobou. Clinton (Garland) his trainer asked me to get him out and going and get his mind on the job. He jumped well and led easily and then settled well. When I dug him up on entering the straight he just exploded away”, Dillon said.

Gobou’s story is well-documented but is worth briefly revisiting.

Owner Margaret Garland felt sorry for a gangly Snaadee (USA) bay colt at the 2006 Magic Millions Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast because he hadn’t attracted a bid.

She raised her hand at $2000 and hey-presto she had herself a horse and what a horse he has turned out to be.

“He had a nice kind eye and nobody wanted him”, Margaret recalled yesterday.

Gobou, with eight wins and two placings from ten starts has repaid Margaret many times over, amassing $56,800 in stakes.

“People asked us why take him to Mackay to race. Truly, we only took him up there on Friday so you could call him in a race as all his wins have been at Rocky. After all, only for you taking me down to the Gold Coast for that yearling sale I wouldn’t have the horse”, Margaret, who can spin a tale, told this writer.

Gobou will now present the Rockhampton Jockey Club with a ready made promotional tool for the grand opening of the Callaghan Park turf track on Friday, January 29.

“We’ll start him in the $20,000 open sprint on the opening day of the new grass track and then hopefully find a race for him in Brisbane”, Margaret Garland said.



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