Talented Red Story impresses
SENIOR Rockhampton Jockey Club committeeman Ron White wasn’t the only member of that race club to have a highly promising horse perform admirably at Mackay races on Tuesday.
White races boom youngster Mundi Gully, who more than qualified for the $2 million Magic Millions at the Gold Coast on January 9, with an emphatic win in the $100,000 Mackay Magic Millions on the midweek UNITAB card.
His fellow committeemen, chairman Justin Doyle, vice-chairman Bill Ouston as well as Noel Gardner are entitled to be crowing after the ultra-impressive win of their Tale of The Cat (USA)-Red Rebel Girl x Rivotious (USA) gelding Red Story.
Considered sufficiently talented by his trainer Lyle Rowe for a first-up Brisbane tilt on November 21 where he performed well when sixth over 1000 metres behind Drenalin, Red Story, still eligible for Class 6 company, was literally thrown into the deep end at Mackay.
Indeed, the five-year-old went swimmingly beating a hot field of 11 rivals whom between them had won 97 races with a good many of those on city tracks.
On a steamy day which saw Red Story sweat-up behind the barriers, stewards noted he was slow to begin and was a distinct last away from his 11 starting gate in the Open Handicap (1250m).
Despite that setback, jockey Luke Dillon took advantage of Red Story’s speed to have him in a prominent position by mid-race from where the gelding showed rare tenacity.
Instead of folding, Red Story audaciously mounted a strong challenge against the leaders from the home turn to race clear inside the final 150 metres and withhold, by a long neck, the cheeky challenge of fast-finishing runner-up Life’s Story.
Trainer Rowe, no doubt like so many who saw the win, was naturally impressed but not surprised.
Rowe has now won four races with former Victorian Red Story since first producing him last April.
“It was a good win. I’ll take him back to Brisbane later this month for a 1350 metres race,” Rowe said at Callaghan Park track work yesterday.
Mackay stewards under the chairmanship of Brisbane’s John Hackett suspended both Mackay jockey Stan Watkins (out until midnight December 19) and Brisbane’s Andrew Spinks (December 26) on careless riding charges.
Brisbane’s Davin Green was fined $200 for using his whip in an action that raised his arm above shoulder height.
The Emerald Jockey Club is assured of a bonzer day at Pioneer Park racecourse on Saturday for which some 79 horses have been entered.