CALOUNDRA jockey Chris Kearney teamed up with Eidsvold trainer Bob Murray to record a winning double at the Showgrounds racecourse at the weekend.
Kearney guided winners home for Murray in the opening and closing race of the five-race program.
In Race 1, the Ken Ferres Locals Bookmaker Class 2 Handicap, conducted over 1465 metres, Kearney was cool under pressure to see Hot Flushes ($2.25) power home for the race honours.
Hot Flushes continued the winning form from an earlier win at Gladstone, comfortably accounting for a field rounded out by six starters following the last-minute scratching of Red Rocker.
Gympie racing commentator Barry Fitzhenry was impressed with the victory.
“The Desert Prince four-year-old finished full of running to defeat Rajeena (ridden by Kazuki Mizobe) and Love that Chick (Ray Hancock), fully justifying his $2.25 starting quotes,” he said.
Murray’s second win for the day at the Gympie racecourse was with Monte Primo, ridden again by Kearney, in the Davisglen Pty Ltd Open Handicap over 1000m.
After jumping from the gates, Monte Primo was initially outpaced as Brain Explosion ($3), ridden by Ian Coombes, took control of the lead.
However, Kearney remained focused and found plenty of room to move on the fence to position well for a final dash for the finish line.
“Monte Primo dashed to the lead 100m out before wining easily by one and three quarters lengths in the smart time of 60.1s,” Fitzhenry said.
Top weight, Pickastar, the $2 favourite ridden by Cassie Priest, fought valiantly to secure second place while Mr Montgomery, ridden by Desiree Gill at $6, finished in third.
Fitzhenry wasn’t surprised with Monte Primo’s win on the Gympie sand track.
“Four wins in Bundaberg and two in Gympie illustrate the veteran’s liking for sand surfaces,” he said.
“Jockey Chris Kearney has ridden Monto Primo in all of his wins and only once not been in the saddle for all his Queensland outings.”
In total, Monto Primo has a standing record of six wins in addition to placing six times from his 16 starts for the stable since snaring two opening wins last July.