Yeppoon on roll at final meeting
THE Yeppoon Turf Club, to whom the Rockhampton Jockey Club and the Central Queensland racing industry are indebted, bowed out on a successful note for 2009 with a bumper meeting at Keppel Park racecourse last Saturday.
With a boundary rider on a trail bike scouting for kangaroos which had made the Keppel Park infield their habitat during the drought and menaced last Tuesday’s TAB proceedings, none was to be seen on Saturday as chief steward Luke Collins said racing was incident-free.
That “iron-maiden” six-year-old Wurabinda mare Forty Eight Crash ($4.00) continued the good news week for owners Prue Howard and John Pointon when she collected first prize under capable Caloundra apprentice jockey Renee Hinricks by overhauling veteran leader Kouneli (Luke Dillon, $9.00) in the Newmarket (1200m).
Hinricks, indentured to Col Williamson, displayed riding nous beyond her experience by waiting until the final 150 metres to let down and surge Forty Eight Crash forward after the pair always lay in wait just being Kouneli.
Favourite Massiah (Dennis Whitmore, $2.80) threatened at the 250 metres, but if anything just wilted on his run.
Howard and Pointon were still wearing smiles after selling a large draft of ready-to-run juveniles at the two-day Magic Millions Sale on the Gold Coast last week.
Their consignment, which included some horses for outside clients, netted in the vicinity of $150,000, just reward for the months of hard work the horse-loving pair had devoted in preparatory work over the past six months. Testimony to trainer Pointon’s expertise, Saturday’s winning run came at Forty Eight Crash’s 24th start since January during which she only had a five-week break from racing.
By little-known Grand Lodge (USA) stallion Wurabinda, who was second to Sound The Alarm in the 2000 Group 3 Colin Hayes Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley, it seems Forty Eight Crash clicks with female riders. In six wins at Ipswich (3), Toowoomba, Beaudesert, and Caloundra her winning riders have been Amy Taylor (2), Sheree Drake (2), Tasha Chambers and Skye Bogenhuber.
Jockey Shayla Evans was the beneficiary when Glenn Lee was stood down over a urine sample irregularity, as she rode a determined race to win the Class B (1000m) on Our Bruiser ($15.00) in a blanket finish from Quello Corsa (Dennis Whitmore, $5.00) and With Finesse (Alisha Taylor, $3.00 fav).
Quirkily named Lyle Wright-trained Legal Opinion filly No Name landed some noteworthy bets after halving her opening quote of $8.00 before leading all the way under Thangool jockey Michael Cullen to win the QTIS Maiden (1000m) from the outside gate.
Asked as to the origin of the winner’s name, Wright replied: “I don’t know really. The owners kept saying no-name is in the paddock and I suppose we will have to bring no-name in. Then it appeared as No Name.”