Steward hails Carly-Mae's ride

REFRESHINGLY from a stewarding perspective, Capricornia’s chief racing steward, Luke Collins, praised the winning ride of apprentice jockey Carly-Mae Pye on Prue Howard and John Pointon’s Forty Eight Crash at Thangool races last Saturday.

“If we criticise we are entitled to give praise and that was a top ride from Carly-Mae,” Collins said.

In a rails-hugging display, she pushed Forty Eight Crash ($4.20) up along the fence to be sitting in wait behind the leaders Strong Tempo and Red Tarn before the straight’s entrance.

Further down the track some 150 metres, Strong Tempo weakened and Red Tarn (Kayla Cross, $3.00 fav) and Flying Squaw (Matt Cant, $5.00) drew clear while Pye was driving Forty Eight Crash through with a late dive.

Timed to perfection, tough Wurabinda-Susie Que mare Forty Eight Crash got her nose in front right on the line to win by that margin from Flying Squaw with Red Tarn a long neck back third.

It was Forty Eight Crash’s ninth win from 89 starts and along with another 24 placings, took her earnings to $114,900.

For Pye, who through sheer hard work and diet has reduced her weight in recent months from 66kg to 52.5kgs, the win registered her 19th.

That career score turned to 20 some 80 minutes later when she romped home an all-the-way winner on the Mark Barnham-trained and Julie Lancaster owned General Pompei ($9.00) in the Class 2 (800m).

On summary, the day could have been much better for Carly-Mae as she missed out on winning the Class 4 (1200m) when John O’Sing’s Rockin’Rod (NZ) ($5.00) was beaten a nose by Darryl Gardiner’s Dinero Rapido (Kayla Cross, $2.80).

She was also runner-up, albeit by 3.5 lengths on Neil Boyle’s Senorita ($10.00) in Mighty Malouver’s one act affair in the Class B (1400m).

Michael Cullen throttle-held Allan Clark’s Mighty Malouver ($4.00) to a canter over the final 50 metres in a race the trainer said was to be the Dantibes mare’s last. Something of a “gunna” horse in that she is always thereabouts, Clark said lack of suitable races in the near future meant it was time to retire the five-year-old.

“I trained her mother Moratoe, who I took down from Longreach to Brisbane to win three races”, Clark reminisced.

Rockhampton trainer Kevin Fisher and jockey John Stephens continued their long and successful association with owners Ian and Mary McKenzie when good-looking grey Canadian Silver (CAN) gelding Arctic Bear ($2.70) won the Maiden Plate (1075m).

At Barcaldine races, the combination of jockey Rhett Bellert and trainer Todd Austin scored two photo-finish wins through Nkosi’s Haven ($3.00- Class 3, 1200m) and Samurai Spirit ($2.70, Open, 1200m).

As well, they paired with runners-up What Is This in the Class 6 (1000m) won by Mark Oates’ Known Prospect and Prince Ranier in the Maiden (1000m) taken out by Bevan Johnson’s Craiglea Lad.

Racing now goes into summer recess in the Central West, but many horses will frolic into Emerald to do the rounds next Saturday at the sports there.

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