Harney and Unique Fuse win at Bundaberg
THE Gympie stable of trainer Barry Gill and jockey Desiree Gill made history at Bundaberg on Saturday by winning both feature races, the Bundaberg Gold Cup and the Lightning at Bundaberg's top race meeting for the season.
The evergreen Harney carried top-weight of 59kg for a stirring short half head win in the $17,000 1600m Cup ridden by Desiree, after stablemate Unique Fuse had triumphed by 1 and 1/4 lengths in the $10,000 Lightning over 1090m.
The wins were a major training accomplishment for Gill, who owns both gallopers, as the duo were resuming from about three months breaks from racing.
$100,000 in earnings
IN THE Cup, Harney defeated the Darryl Gardiner trained McFerrin, ridden by Gympie apprentice Billie-Rose Derbyshire, with Rockhampton trained Teddy Bare in third.
Unique Fuse had the better of old rivals, White Cap (L. Dillon) and Frenardi (B. Derbyshire) in the Lightning.
Harney had last raced on April 20 when he bolted in with the 1470m 100 Club Cup in Gympie but had prepared for Bundaberg with a Deagon barrier trial and a Caloundra jump-out.
A six year old by Footstepsinthesand, Harney was an $11 000, QTIS 600 yearling and now has a great country cups record.
He won last year's Gympie Cup after having been second in the 2012 Gympie Muster Cup, Wondai and Eidsvold cups as well as second in the 2011 Gympie Cup.
Harney's race track earnings now top $100,000 from his nine wins and 14 placings in a career of 46 starts to date.
UNIQUE Fuse is one of the "winningest" horses in Queensland this season with his Lightning success his ninth win so far in the 2012-13 racing season.
A four-year-old by Chateau Istana from the Langfuhr mare Stirred, Unique Fuse was a $50,000 Magic Millions yearlings and, like Harney, was purchased as a yearling by Ted Allan.
Both horses came into the ownership of Barry Gill when Allan discontinued his country racing interests last year.
With most of his wins on sand tracks, Gympie (6), Bundaberg (3) and Wondai, Unique Fuse is a worthy successor to outstanding soon to be retired, sand track performer, Frenardi.
Seven length win
BUNDABERG trainer Darryl Gardiner may have unearthed a future sand track star in the shape of former Victorian horse Get Back.
The Dylan Thomas three year old bolted in with the 1380m Class B on Saturday winning by seven lengths for jockey Shaun Bayliss from Deadly Dennis (I. Coombe) with a nose to last start Gympie maiden winner, Wicked Fraar. Get Back was having his sixth outing for the stable having won a Thangool maiden.
Chris Kearney piloted another Bundaberg specialist, I Get Excited ( 3 yr old Salt Lake filly) to an easy win in the 1212m BM 65 for trainer David Deans beating Dark Angel and Blooded.
Bundaberg mentor, Tony Hess, saddled up Sequalo filly, Pretty Pollyanna to win the 1090m maiden from the Peter Fleming trained 2 yr olds, Craiglea Zamia (by Warhead) and Craiglea Torque.
RACING returns to the Gympie Racecourse on Saturday week, July 27, with the Zinc FM race day.
Main event on the five race card will be the 1170m Open which will be a lead-up to next month's major trophy race, the $18,000 Nolan Meats Muster Cup (1600m) on August 17.