Masterful race by accomplished country jockey
Racing: Beaudesert hobby trainer Allen Fisher made his first visit to the Gympie Racecourse, achieving a perfect result.
His only horse in work, Te Rangi, scored a last stride win in the $10,000 Roy Groom Plumbing 100 Club Cup.
After a stirring straight long battle with early leader Endless Don (G. Hayes), Te Rangi got the bob in on the line to gain the judge's nod by a short half head.
The winner was ridden a masterful race by accomplished country jockey Jason Hoopert who knows every grain of sand on the Gympie track.
The first two home were the outsiders in the small field starting at $5 before streeting the opposition with the Pat Duff-trained Excellent Spirit ($3, H. English) a distant third.
A seven-year-old by Dane Shadow, Te Rangi is raced by his trainer in partnership with his wife.
Allen Fisher helped out Beaudesert trainer, the late Red Ainsworth, for many years before taking out his licence and obtaining Te Rangi who is ridden in all his work by Brooke Ainsworth.
An $11,000 Magic Millions yearling in 2012, Te Rangi began his racing career in NSW where he was twice placed at Wyong as a three-year-old as well as recording placings at Goulburn.
Coming to Queensland, he won a Gatton 1400m maiden last year as well as an Ipswich 1200m Class 1.
Coming off a recent Gold Coast third on a heavy track, he relished the Gympie sand at his first try.
Comeback former North Queensland jockey Mark Elliott, who had not ridden in a race for almost four years, celebrated his return to the saddle with a win in the days other main race, the $10,000 Ken Cavanough Memorial Maiden over 850m on first starter Miss Literati.
This Poet's Voice filly beat the 11-horse field by a comfortable 2¾ lengths for Gympie trainer Mal Bailey being raced by M. Bailey and the trainer's wife Lois. Favourite Destiny's Mate ($2,20, H. English ) battled on well for second with Filly Chic ($5, M. Cox) third.
Jockey Mark Elliott, who now resides in the Gympie area and has been riding work here for some weeks, almost rode a winner at his first ride back when he piloted the Kerry Munce-trained Spydropper into second in the second race, the 1170m Class B.
Spydropper ($3.50 favourite) hit the lead in the straight before being run down by perennial placegetter Wild Element ($6, R. Faehr).
The Red Element five-year-old supplied trainer Cherie Vick and partner, jockey Robbie Faehr, with a welcome back to Gympie after they had recently returned here following a stint in Miles.
Not So Wild ( T. Williams) was third for trainer Mick Mair with Urubamba (H. English) fourth.
The Barry Gill-trained Drumbeats filly was right up to her recent good form at the provincials with an all-the-way win in the 1470m Tyrepower QTIS Maiden to land the full QRIS money of $8050 for her owners and breeders, Widgee couple Fred and Mrs E. Brooks.
With the closure of the Gympie Racecourse for the Gympie Show, the next Gympie races will be held June 23.