Tracy’s double as ladies shine
ROCKHAMPTON played a strong hand in the results of racing at Mackay last Saturday, with Callaghan Park jockey Tracy O'Hara landing a double as did apprentice Bridget Floyd.
About six weeks ago Floyd moved from her Rockhampton base to link with another ex-Rockyite, trainer Lyle Wright and fittingly one of her winners was for him on Saturday.
In a tight finish to the $7500 Maiden Plate (1100m) the pair combined to win with favourite Diamond Indulgence ($2.40) which won by a nose from Rhodesian Lassie (Trinity Bannon, $9.00).
It was a fine training performance from Lyle Wright as Diamond Indulgence was having its first start for over a year.
Later during the card, Floyd won the Class 6 Plate (1300m) for Mackay trainer Wayne Pomfrett on his tough and under-rated galloper Heritage Star ($4.60).
The winning double was significant for Floyd being her first at a provincial TAB race meeting.
That feat is all in a day's work and nothing new for O'Hara who is riding in grand form.
O'Hara coaxed the best from Rockhampton trainer Stephen Rundle's Dr Morgun ($3.00) to win the opening race the Maiden Plate (1560m).
Dr Morgun looked set for an easy win but Mark Barnham's Hayyler's Hell (Justin Stanley, $21.00) tried him right-out to only be beaten a nose.
Four races later O'Hara provided Townsville trainer Olivia Cairns with the second leg of a winning double, riding Some Joy ($3.40) to win the Class 3 (1100m).
Earlier, visiting Brisbane jockey Justin Stanley brought home Cairns' other winner Tuppeny's Opinion ($3.50) to win the Class 1 (1200m).
On a program of close finishes on the brilliant Strathayr turfStee track which was rated a Dead 5 after 225mm of rain in the preceding six days, jockey Mark Usher and his wife the trainer Amy, both formerly of Rockhampton, won the Class 1 (1560m) with Sweet Song ($8.00).
Out on the dirt track at the Central Western township of Blackall on Saturday, visiting Cunnamulla apprentice jockey Gemma Steele had a day she will never forget,
At only her fourth race day as an apprentice rider, Steele achieved what some jockeys have failed to do in a lifetime in the saddle when she rode a treble.