Horse had high testosterone

FORMER Mount Isa trainer Bill Braden, now based at Bajool, has been fined $4000 by Queensland Racing Limited stewards after Scent Of Gold, his Yeppoon race winner from September 14, returned an elevated reading of testosterone.

QRL steward Norm Torpey, who chaired the inquiry into the analyst’s finding, said Braden told stewards Scent Of Gold was having his first start for him at Yeppoon and he had only been in his care for a very short time after being acquired from south-east Queensland.

“However, Mr Braden took responsibility under the rules for the horse starting at Yeppoon when in his care on September 14 it was subsequently found to have in its system a prohibited substance,” Torpey said.

Subsequently, Scent Of Gold was disqualified from its Class 3, 900 metres win with amended placings reading – Craiglea Wizard 1st; Love Snack 2nd and Grand Mark third.

Rockhampton trainer Lyle Rowe was pleased with the effort of his smart galloper Red Story when resuming from a four months spell at Eagle Farm in Brisbane on Saturday.

Red Story finished 5.7 lengths sixth of 15 behind Drenaldin in a NMW (1000m).

“I thought he ran a good race”, Rowe commented.

Red Story, a well bred son of Tale Of the Cat won three successive races at Callaghan Park in Rockhampton during last winter.

His sound performance last Saturday is a positive pointer to the prospects of Clinton Garland trained Gobou in Saturday’s $45,000 Country Cup (1200m) in Brisbane.

On April 30 in Rockhampton, brilliant Gobou beat Red Story some 10.6 lengths in a Class 2 (1100m) so on last Saturday’s effort from the latter, the Garland stable have every reason to be confident about Gobou’s prospects.

Young Rockhampton jockey Adrian Coome is the likely rider for Gobou as well as the Ricky Vale trained Proscenium Arch who is also entered at the same meeting for the Class 6 (1400m).

Rockhampton trainer Lyle Wright has his dual recent winner Long Road to Glory nominated for both the Fillies and Mares Plate (1200m) as well as the 3YO Handicap (1200m) at Eagle Farm.

Commencement of turfing of the rebuilt Callaghan Park racetrack did not proceed as expected on Monday.

“I have a meeting with the engineers this week and it (turfing) could commence later in the week”, Rockhampton Jockey Club spokesperson Denis Cox said.

Top youngster Mundi Gully is progressing well in training for the $100,000 Magic Millions Plate (1050m) scheduled for the Mackay Turf Club on Tuesday, December 8. The race was to have been run in Rockhampton but was transferred to Mackay because of the Callaghan Park track reconstruction.

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