Longreach and Tambo share glory

RACING: A vibrant crowd turned out for the annual Isisford races last Saturday where Longreach trainer Richard Simpson and jockey David Monaghan shared honours along with Tambo counterparts Bevan Johnson and jockey Robert Faehr.

Simpson and Monnaghan opened and closed the meeting on winning notes, firstly through Rubiton gelding Palolo Deep ($5.00) in the Class 6 (1000m) and then with former Rockhampton gelding Equitant ($3.50) in the Open Handicap (1400m).

In a driving finish, Equitant ($3.50) beat the Henry Foster-trained favourite Decerto (Cheryl Rogers, $2.00) by a head with Charlie Prow’s Evading (David Rewald, $6.00) just a nose back third.

Stan Johnson’s Craiglea Stud, Kenilworth’s satellite stable at Tambo, where Bevan Johnson has about 20 horses in training, maintained its winning streak in the Central West with two Isisford winners, firstly with Craiglea Hummer x Frisco View (USA) running fav at $2.00 in the Class B (1000m).

Later, Faehr won the Class 3 Plate (1400m) on $4.00 chance Craiglea Chevy x Waterford Road.

At Moranbah’s races, Mackay’s latest riding addition, Tracey O’Hara, had an afternoon of mixed fortunes.

She rode the Tony Button, Emerald-trained Stoutfast to a runaway 5.5 lengths win in the Open Handicap (800m), but later was dislodged from the John Manzelmann-trained Nannygai shortly after the start of the Class 3 Plate (1120m) won by Wayne Pomfrett’s She’s Exciting Trinity Bannon ($5.00).

“Tracey soldiered on and continued riding, but I believe she has a badly bruised right calf,” Mackay steward Ian Brown said.

Jockey Nathan Patchett, now Mackay-based, broke a run of outs winning on Rocky trainer Brian Challacombe’s Lets Go Bongo ($2.80 fav) in the Class B (1400m).

Former Moranbah trainer Kistan Price, now located at Rockhampton, journeyed home triumphant by winning the Class 4 (1550m) with Krystalate (Ashley Butler, $10.00) who survived a protest.

Mackay trainer John Manzelmann, who has a team of 28 horses in training, raced 11 horses at Moranbah for just the one winner, Show Seeker (David Simmons, $3.00) in the Maiden (1000m).

Steward Brown said a crowd of about 2000 people attended. Gladstone’s longest-serving trainer, Denis Schultz, rarely goes home without a winner on his home track at Ferguson Park, but better still, he provided a double there through Marywho (Meggsie Hall, $3.50) and Zahoo (Luke Dillon, $4.00) last Saturday.

Rockhampton hoop Adrian Coome instigated a change of fortunes for Callaghan Park trainer Tim Cook when his Subtle Glance ($4.00) won the Class 6 (1194m) before riding Phillip Pengelly’s Lleyton ($3.00 fav) to a runaway 7.75 lengths win in the Class 3 (1517m).

Bluff trainer Ross Vagg, who could win at present with a broomstick, saddled up his Ashkalani gelding, Anduri (Shayla Evans, $4.40), to produce a track record-breaking all-the-way win in the Open Handicap (850m).

Anduri registered 50.32 seconds breaking the previous best of 50.45 seconds held by Kouneli.

Steward Luke Collins ordered swabbing of 17 horses at Gladstone.

“Some 12 were pre-race swabbed as well as all the winners,” he said.

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