Jockey Billie-Rose Derbyshire in action.
Jockey Billie-Rose Derbyshire in action. David Crossley

Craiglea tops the Cup

WELL-known jockey Desiree Gill had no time to feel the cold on Saturday when she rode in all five races at the Gympie RSL Club Cup.

Gill brought it home with a strong win on Craiglea Tina in race five, the 1470m Gympie RSL Club Cup Open Handicap.

Gill said once she'd passed the first turn, she was so far inf ront, the only other thing she could see on the track was the usual white cockatoo population.

It wasn't until she neared the end of the race that Gill noticed horses missing riders and the commotion happening on track behind her.

She said she as shocked to see what she had initally missed.

The commotion included Bear's Echelon, which reportedly suffered a foreleg fracture, and Toy Ruler, which blunderd at the start of the race and landed rider Kelly Gates on the ground.

Gill said while it was an eventful race behind her, Craiglea Tina performed as well as expected, breaking a track record in the process.

By the halfway mark, Gill was confident Tina had secured the win.

"She ran extremely well," Gill said of the Peter Fleming-trained horse.

Tina's win brought the Craiglea winning tally for the day to three. One Craiglea win saw the Peter Fleming-trained Craiglea Mustang beat Gill on Magic Turbo, trained by Mary Hassam, by a nose in the Advice Partners Class 1 Handicap.

Gill and Magic Turbo backed-up on Sunday for a third-place finish in the Alex Bar and Grill Class 1 Handicap at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club.

Gill also took out first place in the Gympie RSL Sub Branch Class B Handicap on the Darryl Gardiner-trained Get Ditty With It.

Although it was chilly trackside, Gill said the rain only fell enough to keep the dust on the track settled.

Gympie Turf Club president Spencer Slater said the cold didn't stop a strong crowd from dressing to the nines and supporting the event.

He said the event made for a very successful day both on and off the track.

"There was a good crowd despite the cloudy weather," he said.

Gympie Times


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