Harney lifts pace to secure convincing Gympie win
GYMPIE racing sensation Harney demolished the field to win by seven and a half lengths at the Flood Recovery Cup at the weekend.
The local horse blitzed his opponents on home turf to win the prestigious Mary River Motor Inn 100 Club Cup, claiming $10,000 in prize money.
Seizing the lead on the final bend, Harney stormed to the front overtaking rival horses, Frenardi and Ausworld, claiming his fourth win from six starts in Gympie.
Racing columnist Barry Fitzhenry said the day was a great success even though the fields were small.
"Racing in the smallest field ever, Harney was one of three horses contesting the 1470m dash," he said.
"Winning by a widening seven-and-a-half lengths, the effortless win indicated that he would have beaten any sized field."
Saturday also had another $10,000 race, the Advice Partners Sustain Gympie Benchmark 65.
In that race it was Caloundra horse Harrisville Toff that took the honours.
Jockey of Harrisville Toff, Cecily Eaton, was unfortunate at the weekend's race when an earlier fall caused her to miss the ride.
Replacement jockey Shaun Bayliss picked up the win giving Caloundra trainer Trevor Thomas the second $10,000 victory of the day.
Two horses with two extremely different price tags also put on a great show during the day, firstly with Craiglea Masta and then with Kutcher.
Craiglea Masta, bought for $300, won the 1030m B by a whopping nine-and-a-half lengths while $800,000 Kutcher landed the 1170m QTIS Maiden by four-and-a-half lengths.
Barry Fitzhenry said it was great to see so many people show up and support a great cause on the day.
"It's always good to see the community helping to raise money for the flood relief appeal," he said.
Gympie races next on June 29 with the RSL Cup meeting following a break due to the Gympie Show in May.