WINNER: Gympie jockey Ian Coombes rode Galaxy Quest to victory in the 850 maiden at Bundaberg on Tuesday.
WINNER: Gympie jockey Ian Coombes rode Galaxy Quest to victory in the 850 maiden at Bundaberg on Tuesday. Emily Smith

Gympie contingent thrives despite switch

WITH the camel racing taking over the Gympie Racecourse on Melbourne Cup day, Gympie trainers and jockeys focused on the Bundaberg meeting. The Gympie jockeys took out four of the five Bundaberg events while the trainers were successful in three.

Gympie dominates

PEMBERTON three-year-old, Galaxy Quest converted his good recent form to win the 850m maiden for Gympie combination of trainer Bill Wormer and jockey Ian Coombes.

Gary the Conman (S. Eilbeck, Mary Hassam) was 1 ¼ lengths back in second ahead of Delightful Abode (B. Derbyshire, W. Melvin) third.

Gympie apprentice Natalea Summers returned from an injury lay-off to win the 1090m BM 55 on $13 outsider Waverley Heights for Gympie mentor, Clem Kilshaw.

This Street Sense four-year-old narrowly defeated Gympie pair, You'll Have To (S. Eilbeck, B. Gill) and Bradbury's Quest (I. Coombes, N. Boyd).

The other Gympie winner was Celtic Dragon (S. Eilbeck, B. Gill) in the 1380m Class B who defeated Gympie duo Glenrock Max (I. Coombes, N. Boyd) and El Loco (K. Gates, M. Bailey). Jockey Alannah Badger celebrated her return to Gympie after a stint in Mt Isa in booting home Dark Angel in the 1212m BM 65 for Bundaberg trainer Glenn Andrews.

This Nadeem six-year-old mare got in by a half length from Zabomb (S. Eilbeck, B. Gill) and Zip Zip Girl (B. Derbyshire, W. Melvin). Bundaberg trainer Bill Melvin saddled up Bjorn (B. Derbyshire) for a 7 ¼ length win in the 1090m BM 70.

The Lago Delight six-year-old defeated the Darryl Gardiner trained pair El Supremo (S. Eilbeck) and Brown Doubt (K. Gates) in scoring the easiest win of the day.

Kumbia Cup success

TOOWOOMBA trainers and jockeys dominated the annual Kumbia Cup day races which offered more prizemoney ($41,000 + $5000 QTIS v $37,500) and drew more starters (33 v 24) than the non-TAB Toowoomba Melbourne Cup day meeting.

Toowoomba trainers and jockeys won three of the five Kumbia races including a win in the Kumbia Cup.

Stylish looking General Nediym six-year-old, Aashiq won his third country Cup in just stalling off the $1.40 favourite, Brady'n'Me for a head win in the 1200m Cup ridden by Toowoomba apprentice, Naoki Ogura.

Trained by Jason Judge, Aashiq had won the Surat and Wondai Cups recently as well as a victory at Gayndah but was coming back from a third in the 1600m Gympie Cup on October 25 at his start prior to his Kumbia win.

Gary Geran began the Toowoomba onslaught with a win on the Craig Smith-trained Buddy Rocks (5g, easy Rocking) in the first event the 900m BM 65 beating home Wondai-trained Hidden Duck (J. Missen) and Amber Ale (M. Kai).

The Toowoomba duo of jockey Nathan Evans and trainer Tom Dougall then won the 1000m Class B with All Bar One mare, All in All ($2.50) beating the $2 favourite, Oggie (G. Geran) by two lengths with Our Starlight (M. O'Brien) in third.

Grey mare Dubstep (by Markane), then earned the full QTIS money of $8700 with a dominant victory in the 1200m QTIS Class 1 for trainer Matt Kropp and jockey Damion McIntosh.

The grey swept home by 3 ¾ lengths from Jewel Rustler (M. Kai) and Mystery Angel (G. Geran) with all QTIS bonuses collected.

Maiden victory

OUR Boy Malachi, a horse who began his racing and winning career in Gympie, hit the big time with his first up win at Rosehill for the Hawkes stable last Saturday.

Bred at Craiglea Stud, being a son of Top Echelon from a Rustic Amber mare, Our Boy Malachi was trained in Gympie by Peter Fleming.

He ran second in a Mackay 2 yo for Peter at his first start in May 2011 and then in June won a Gympie 850m maiden showing he was something special in winning by 11 ½ lengths.

The Rockhampton-owned three-year-old was then transferred to a Rockhampton trainer beginning his run of 11 wins in Rocky and Mackay.

He had his final start in the north winning the Rockhampton 1300m Newmarket narrowly with 59kg last June before being sent to Sydney to be trained by the Hawkes.

His record now reads 14 wins and a second from 16 starts. His only unplaced run was a fifth at Doomben.

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