Rocky families share race winnings

RACING: Four Rockhampton families shared the spoils of winners – Falvadore, Googleit, Red Dust Dancer and Dandy Kat – at the Callaghan Park TAB races on Thursday.

Craig Howell’s superbly bred Falvelon-Dorada x Zeditave gelding Falvadore (Alisha Taylor, $4.00) was both speedy and defiant in just stalling-off Final Handout (Craig Beets, $6.00) to win the Class 4 (1000m) by a half-neck at his first start in five months.

Falvadore is raced by a number of Howell family members and close friends but behind the scenes Craig’s parents – Nic and Colleen – play a vital role in his stable operation which comprises as many as five horses at times.

The Falvadore win was the only joy for junior jockey Taylor as she was outed for a week over a whip infringement on her father Garnet’s heavily backed failure Gemenco ($2.60 favourite) which finished seventh in the Maiden.

Race video reviewing stewards, also threw in a $400 fine against Alisha for whip riding infringements from the Mackay race meeting on November 24.

Jim Rundle probably has three-fold more horses on his books than Craig Howell, so it was pleasing to see him quinella the Maiden Handicap (1300m) with Shovog gelding Googleit (Davin Green) and Sequalo’s son Akkabak (Shaun Guymer).

However, punters may not have shared the sentiment, as Googleit started a $15.00 chance while Akkabak went around at odds of $11.00.

Rundle’s son Stephen plays a pivotal role in the education of his father’s mainly young team of horses.

Not forgetting of course Rockhampton trainer Ross Shannon who so deservedly has unearthed a good money spinner in family-owned Western Red (NZ) mare Red Dust Dancer (Craig Beets, $13.00) who followed her Maiden win on the sand track on November 19 by graduating to Class 1 (1150m) success yesterday.

The ownership is an all Shannon affair with Ross’ wife and daughters delighting once again over their bonny mare’s impressive win from Jenny and Geoff Webster’s mare Puro Sangue whose run was simply eye-catching.

Well-known cattle industry identity Geoff Webster is recuperating at Gracemere after hospitalisation in Brisbane.

Ricky Vale’s Dandy Kat (Dale Missen, $5.00) finished best wide out to win the Class 2 (1600m) which no doubt would have pleased the young trainer’s father David Vale.

As a youngster Ricky grew-up around his father’s stables in Peter Street, North Rockhampton, and then took over his dad’s stables some years back when David endured ill-health.

Although outsider Final Vision (Shayla Quick, $26.00) goes down as winning the Open Handicap (1000m) for Bundaberg trainer Laurie Gough, punters should make an indelible imprint of the name of Carry The Clubs officially fourth placed who definitely should have won.

Carry The Clubs was slow to begin and was disappointed for a run in the straight and held-up over the last 50 metres.

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