Long trip a big winner
EMERALD trainer Ross Meek made sure the 624km return trip to Yeppoon's Keppel Park racecourse yesterday was well worth the long journey.
Meek's outsider Burrows ($25) produced the boilover of the Rockhampton Jockey Club's TAB races in winning the Class 1 (1200m) in the final race of the day.
Ridden by Mark Usher, Burrows stormed home to pip Repeat Offender (David Simmons, $13.80) and hot favourite, Mark Hutton's Lonhro gelding Giza (Bobby El-Issa, $2) in a blanket finish.
Riding honours were shared yesterday, with Gold Coast jockey Tony Pattillo kicking home the first winner in a thrilling Maiden (1300m).
Pattillo combined with Lyle Wright's Long Road To Glory ($3.70) to beat Two Bits, ridden by El-Issa, by a head, with Western York (Justin Letherby) a half-head away in third.
El-Issa and top Rockhampton jockey Luke Dillon fought out a two-horse battle aboard Clinton Garland's Super Strop ($6.40) and Tim Cook's Fame Dancer respectively in the Class 2 (1800m) before the southern hoop saluted.
Mackay trainer Darryl Hansen's Role Of Ned (Davin Green, $1.90) made it third time lucky after two recent seconds with victory in the Open (1800m). Dillon chalked up a winner in the Class 3 (1000m) when he teamed up with the resuming Allan Clark-trained Aunty Flo ($2.70).
Female jockeys Trinity Bannon and Alisha Taylor took out the next two races aboard Wayne Pomfrett's evergreen sprinter Vulcan in the Open (1000m) and Neil Boyle's Prince Leo in the Class 6 (1300m) respectively.
Apprentice Ashley Butler also joined the winner's list when he denied El-Issa a winning double in the Class 4 (1200m).
Teenager Butler and Stuart Kendrick's Zulu Dawn ($2.20) edged out the Allan Garland-trained Lunar Rocket, ridden by El-Issa, by half-a-neck.