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Main race in his memory

ALL SMILES: Corey Bayliss after winning last year's Diggers Cup.
ALL SMILES: Corey Bayliss after winning last year's Diggers Cup. Tom Daunt

TURF TOPICS: Tomorrow's main race at the Gympie Racecourse, The Digger's Cup, has been dedicated to the memory of Corporal Ashley Birt, who along with two companions, was killed in Afghanistan in 2011.

His funeral was held in the Pavilion at the Racecourse in November 2011.

The Digger's Cup, a BM 60 over 1470m carries total prize money of $10,000 and has drawn a very competitive field.

Last year's Digger's Cup was won by Bundaberg trainer, Darryl Gardiner who saddled up Leaps and Bounds who romped home ridden by Corey Bayliss.

Arabians take

to track

TWO races for Arabian horses will be run at the completion of the five thoroughbred races tomorrow to extend the card for the final race meeting of 2017 to seven events.

Sponsored by the Australasian Arabian Racing Club, the first of these will be the AARC Open over 1470m (at 4.15pm) which has drawn a field of eight to be followed by the AARC Maiden over 1170m (at 4.50pm) which has drawn a field of six.

The Gympie Turf Club has been granted special permission by Racing Qld to stage these events for Arabian horses.

Busy days

STEWARDS had a busy day at last Saturday's Mt Perry Cup meeting.

In perhaps an omen of things to come at the meeting, two kangaroos crossed the track in front of the field in the first race at about the 500m mark.

Luckily they crossed about 30m in front of the leading horses and no horses were impeded in the incident.

Apprentice Nicole Lentini reportedly "got lost” on the way to Mt Perry and had to be replaced in the first race due to her late arrival. In the second race. However this transport malfunction did not prevent Nicole from winning race five, the Mt Perry Cup on Our Clarky.

In the second race, Charson's Gift blundered at about the 700m mark dislodging rider Amy van der Sanden.

Amy was transported to the Bundaberg hospital whist Charson's Gift had to be euthanised after reportedly suffering a broken neck.

Stewards and senior riders inspected the area of the track where the fall had occurred and found conditions safe for racing.

In the race, apprentice Shannyn Barlow was severely reprimanded after pleading guilty to a charge of careless riding.

Jockey Kelly Gates was found guilty of careless riding in the Cup after being held responsible for interference at about the 400m mark and was suspended for a period of nine days from November 26.

Our Clarky

THE Oakey trained, Our Clarky, turned in an outstanding performance to win the 1400m Cup coming from last on the home bend to win by a half length after starting the $2.50 favourite.

Our Clarky started from barrier nine and dashed past the field in the short Mt Perry straight to defeat Bundaberg trained Nights Ablaze (P. Romeo) and Sail the Stars (K. Gates) with Gympie trained Snitziola in fourth after striking trouble in running.

Recent Gympie placegetter, Smooth Velvet (K. Gates) won the 1000m Maiden from Kawana Viva and Daunting Queen for Caloundra mentor, Wendy Bannerot.

Bundaberg trainer, Laura Cronan completed a hat-trick of wins when Sequalo mare, Claragh (N. Lentini) defeated Snuggle Pot and Covert Chamour in the 1000m BM 60.

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