Jockey Tracey O’Hara (third from left yellow cap) in winning form.
Jockey Tracey O’Hara (third from left yellow cap) in winning form. Allan Reinikka

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.



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