Family Picnic Race Day draws massive crowds, Dayuan wins Cup
RACING: The reintroduction of harness racing to Gympie was a huge hit for race-goers who attended the Zinc 96 Family Picnic Race Day on Saturday.
Gympie Turf Club president Spencer Slatter said it was a good afternoon with a strong crowd of more than 1000 people.
"The day went like clockwork," he said.
He said there was plenty of entertainment to keep the crowd and kids occupied for the whole day.
There was a fashion parade and fashions on the field event for the ladies, with Stealing Lincoln rocking the crowd after the races.
He said the huge advertising from Zinc 96 and The Gympie Times helped draw a large crowd on the day.
Slatter said the Zinc 96 Cup race was good to watch, with Gympie horse by the name of Dayuan trained by Andrew Mead winning the cup.
South Burnett galloper, Glenthorn Avenue completed a hat-tricks of wins in toppling last start Bundaberg Lightning winner, Schoorwin in the 1170m Gympie Gym Open to complete a busy week for his trainer and owner, Lindsay Anderson.
Other highlights of the day's thoroughbred racing were winning doubles to trainer Kerry Munce, jockey Kelly Gates and apprentice Isabella Rabjones.
In addition Gympie history was created with three highly successful harness races rounding out the card.
The wins by Kerry Munce and Kelly Gates tied up the Gympie trainers and jockeys premierships with the awards to be determined by a points system.
Both Kerry Munce and Barry Gill ended
the racing season in Gympie with nine wins whilst Billie-Rose Derbyshire and Kelly each won four races at the eight Gympie race meetings for the 2014-15 season.
LINDSAY Anderson, owner and trainer of Glenthorn Avenue had spent most of the previous week judging campdrafters at Australia's richest campdraft competition at Paradise Lagoons near Rockhampton prior to saddling up Glenthorn Avenue in the 1170m Open.
Burdened with 60kg, the Tom Button trained Schoorwin ($2 Fav, M. Murphy) made a gallant attempt to lead all the way but the weight began to tell rounding the home turn.
With a 6.5kg weight advantage, Glenthorn Avenue ($3.20, D. Daniel) moved alongside the top-weight at the 200m before forging clear to win by a length from the Rockhampton galloper.
Unique Fuse ($4.20, J. Philpot) ran on well to be just a long head away in third ahead of the fast finishing Legazpi. Bred in the purple, the winner is a six-year-old by Bel Esprit from an Encosta de Lago mare and now has three wins and two placings from his five Gympie starts.
A $62,000 yearling at the Melbourne yearling sales, Glenthorn Avenue won races at Teran and Benalla before being acquired by Lindsay Anderson just over 12 months ago and has now won 10 races for his new owner. His current hat-trick began with a win at Warra followed by success at Wondai and then Gympie win.
The 1170m maiden winner, Omittance ($4, K. Gates) was the final foal of the regally bred Sir Tristram mare, Patin Noir, who was out of the classy performer, Black Shoes.
Trainer of Omittance, Kerry Munce said that, despite the bloodlines, Patin Noir "could not trot".
With the benefit of one run back from a break, Omittance waged a straight long battle with stablemate Friends Come First ($4, B. Derbyshire) to gain the win by a nose with the unlucky Radd's Rose ($7, J. Philpot) doing well to finish a long head away ahead of early leader, Vision and Values.
The 4yo Danbird gelding is raced by David Israel who also races the other Munce winner on the day, Foregone.
A surprise Gympie winner over 850m the previous month, Foregone ($4.40, K. Gates) found the 1170m of the BM 60 much more to his liking unleashing a strong finish to run down leader, Maximum Meritt ($4, J. Philpot) in the final 50m.
Foregone got home by three-quater length from the chinchilla galloper with Garder la Foi ($6, S. Alam) a distant third.
A DROP back to BM 55 class after a last start 5th in the 1600m Bundaberg Gold Cup plus a liking for the Gympie track resulted in Greenwood Lake five-year-old mare, Dayuan bolting home in the 1600m event.
Raced and trained in Gympie by Andrew Mead, Dayuan ($4.60, I. Rabjones) cleared out in the straight for a six length win over the Barry Gill trained duo, Quick Spur (5.50, A. Badger) and Celtic Dragon ($5.50, D. Daniel).
VIRUS NO BAR
DEAGON trained California Dane mare, Special Rose, was struck down with a mystery virus of few weeks after winning in Gympie in November.
Trainer Brad Smith had to turn the mare out for a break but she responded to treatment and resumed after a six month spell in the 850m Class 3. Stable apprentice Isabella Rabjones rode the four-year-old very quietly before coming from well back to rattle home down the outside to gain the win by a nose in a deceptive finish. Early leader Screaming Jet ($4.20, L. Appo) had the race won everywhere but on the line before being swamped by the $3.40 favourite.