Derbyshire suspended at Esk races
GYMPIE jockeys Billie-Rose Derbyshire and Ian Coombes each had a day to forget at Esk last Saturday with Billie-Rose suspended and Ian transported to hospital after a fall in the first race.
Billie-Rose received a seven-meeting suspension after she pleaded guilty to a careless riding charge following the second race at Esk.
Stewards found that Derbyshire's mount had shifted in at the 300m when not sufficiently clear of Star Sequalo, who had to check, and suspended her from July 14-24.
Ian was dislodged from his mount Tipsy Tycoon at the 200m after the saddle rolled.
He was subsequently transported to Ipswich hospital for observations and was later released with minor injuries.
Billie-Rose will be back riding this Saturday at Bundaberg, hoping to pilot Frenardi to a second Bundaberg Lightning win.
Stewards at Esk imposed an unusual fine on trainer Chris Dawson and jockey Shaun Bayliss.
It was found that Bayliss had added the incorrect saddle cloth number when weighing out and the trainer had presented the horse in the enclosure with the wrong saddle cloth number.
Each was fined $100 for the oversight.
Bundy race day
Saturday is Bundaberg's biggest race day of the season with the $17,000 Bundaberg Gold Cup and the $10,000 Lightning heading an excellent five-race card on the spacious sand track.
The Barry Gill stable will be chasing a double in the feature races with Harney (59kg) and Unique Fuse (60kg) heading the weights in the 1600m Cup and 1090m Lightning respectively.
Harney, last year's Gympie Cup winner, has not raced since he bolted in with the 100 Club Cup (1470m) in Gympie on April 20 but has been kept up to the mark with a Deagon barrier trial and a jump out to ready him for the 1600m at Bundaberg.
He had run second to Blaze to Fortune in the 1212m Bundaberg Flood Relief Cup prior to his Gympie victory and appears to like the Bundaberg circuit.
The Darryl Gardiner-trained McFerrin, with a win and three seconds over 1600m in Rockhampton recently, could prove hard to beat in the Cup as might Rockie-trained Aristocratico, a winner of over $234,000 in prizemoney.
Fuse in good form
Unique Fuse defeated Twogundan over the Lightning distance at his most recent run on May 4 and has three wins and two placings in five starts back from a break.
He will have plenty of opposition in the Lightning with Frenardi on 59kg who won the race in 2011, Twogundan and White Cap, all having excellent form at Bundaberg.
Ten wins for Gill
With just one Gympie race meeting (July 27) before the end of the racing season, the leading Gympie trainer and jockey awards may already be decided.
Desiree Gill, with 10 winners to date, is a clear-cut leader in the jockeys ahead of Billie-Rose Derbyshire and Shaun Bayliss each on five wins.
Barry Gill has most wins on the trainers' list with 10 victories, three ahead of Kerry Munce.
The Gympie jockeys and trainers awards for the racing season take in both wins and placings on a points system (3, 2, 1) and hence the person with the most wins does not necessarily win the award.
The continued sponsorship by Nolan Meats has propelled next August's Muster Cup meeting to the richest Gympie race day of the season.
The $18,000 Nolan Meats Muster Cup is the biggest prizemoney race run in Gympie while restricted events carry increased prizemoney of $7000 or $8000 and there is a QTIS maiden with $12000 available for QTIS-eligible horses to round out the programme.