The odd couple pull up well

RACING: Rockhampton racing’s “odd couple”– the inexperienced but highly talented sprinter Gobou and his character of an owner Margaret Garland – have each pulled up well after testing efforts on and off the racecourse at Eagle Farm in Brisbane last Saturday.

Gobou was meritorious in defeat in finishing third, beaten just two lengths by the more city-racing-seasoned Drenalin in the $45,000 Country Cup (1200m).

His trainer, Clint Garland, was pleased with the effort while admitting in hindsight he may have been expecting a little too much of Gobou who he felt could have won the race.

“He sweated up badly before the race. It was 40 degrees at Eagle Farm – really hot and he felt it badly,” he said.

“He was a little new being only second up and he was spooky (nervous) on the day.

“He ran around a little under pressure in the straight but Brad Pengelly, who had never been on his back before, said the horse was raw and had untapped potential.

“I might have been expecting too much, but, overall, when you take the brilliant sectional times, as they got home, the last 600 metres in 34.18 seconds was very good.”

He said Gobou had pulled up well after the race –“actually he was better after the race than before it”.

Gobou is next to start in a $12,000 Weight For Age Open (1200m) on the Rockhampton sand track on December 17.

“After that, the plan is to start him in a NMW race, over 1200m, at Eagle Farm, on December 28,” the trainer said.

While on Saturday night, Gobou was resting peacefully from his hard run, his proud owner Margaret Garland was being rushed to the Royal Brisbane Hospital after having a traumatic reaction to a seafood meal.

Meanwhile, Rockhampton’s brilliant juvenile, of last season, Real Saga, whose career was cut short because of injury, has just completed his first season as a stud stallion at Glenlogan Park, Beaudesert, where he served 140 mares.

“He has performed superbly in his first season at stud and is right on target to return a fertility rate of 90% which is a fantastic result,” Glenlogan Park’s Steve Motley said.

There will be seven races on the TAB card in Rocky tomorrow. Thangool has an excellent tally of 59 nominations for Saturday. Barcaldine’s entries for Saturday total 53.



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