In form Bundy galloper lure sRocky jockey Dillon to Brisbane

ROCKHAMPTON jockey Luke Dillon will make a rare riding appearance at Doomben in Brisbane on Saturday to partner promising Bundaberg gelding Covert Charmer.

Dillon has ridden the Show Of Heart rising four-year old at his last four starts for three wins and a third at Rockhampton and Mackay.

Most recently the duo scored over 1200 metres at Callaghan Park in Rockhampton in what was little more than a working gallop for the Matt Reardon-trained sprinter.

Ironically, both Covert Charmer and his rider have each had a Brisbane win but not as a partnership.

Covert Charmer won an Eagle Farm Maiden (1200m) when ridden by Jeff Lloyd last year some many months before joining Reardon's stables.

Dillon's sole Brisbane winner came when he was an apprentice but its name eluded him last night.

"I just can't recall the horses name but it was trained by either Mark or Tony Webb. It was some years back when I was an apprentice", Dillon said.

Covert Charmer sold as a yearling for $15,000 has won six of his 11 starts for $69,175 in prizemoney.

Reardon has him entered for two races at Doomben.

Covert Charmer has 56kg in a Class 6 (1100m) and 57.5kg in a C & G NMW Handicap (1200m).

The Darryl Hansen-trained Essington, a scratching from last Saturday's Townsville Cleveland Bay Handicap (1200m) after drawing off the track is also a likely Doomben runner.

Essington looks ideally placed under 55.5kg in an Open Handicap (1200m).

Born-again Brisbane jockey Bobby El-Issa was in form with a winning double at Mackay TAB races yesterday.

El-Issa won the Class 3 Plate (1050m) for Gladstone trainer Phillip Pengelly on Volturnus ($8.00) and the BM 75 Handicap (1050m) on Wayne Pomfrett-trained Exceed All Limits ($16.00).

Pengelly went within a length of a winning treble as his Slim Henry (Beau Appo, $4.40) took out the BM75 (1560m) while stablemate Phil Doesn't Care was beaten that margin when second in the BM60 Hcp (1560m).

El-Issa has six rides at the Rockhampton TAB races tomorrow.

After the races at Middlemount on Saturday, evening entertainment will be provided by Jeremy Marou from Busby Marou.

"We are extremely lucky to have Jeremy performing with the band Shoeless Joe. Tickets for $35 are now available at Middlemount Newsagency or on the day at the gate," secretary Nicole Matheson said.

Rockhampton trainer Alan Jones plans to take a five horses to Middlemount on Saturday headed by star galloper Legal Dancer in the Middlemount Cup (1200m).

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