Nevada Gambler ready for last race
NEVADA Gambler will have one final throw of the dice at today’s 2010 Action Auto Group Cup before retiring.
The champion horse, aged nine, caps off an illustrious career for the Barry Gill stable on his home track at the Gympie Racecourse.
Riding Nevada Gambler in the Action Auto Group Cup over 1600 metres will be young jockey Shane Arnold.
Arnold, at just 18, hails from Caloundra and has a full program on his hands. Of the six races on offer in today’s program, Arnold will be getting five rides.
Gympie jockey Desiree Gill said Nevada Gambler’s retirement was a sad moment but concluding his career in Gympie was fitting.
“He’s a lovely horse and this is his last outing before he retires and goes out to Widgee before going trail riding,” she said.
Desiree isn’t one for getting unduly emotional, but said the occasion was weighing heavily on her heart.
“I’ve been a bit emotional because it’s the end of an era,” she said. “He’s an old mate and he has changed our life in so many ways.”
Desiree hoped Nevada Gambler’s last toss of the dice would produce a fairytale ending.
“It would be just wonderful if he could finish up with a big win on his home track,” she said.
Meanwhile, the 2010 Action Auto Group Cup is the biggest event on the Gympie Turf Club’s calendar.
The six race program has attracted strong nominations and will get underway at 12noon.
The race day is also being used as an opportunity to help support Pink Ribbon Day next Monday.
Lisa Fink and Amy Brown from The Professionals, in addition to Rob Nimmo, will be at the gates collecting donations for the cause. Cost of admission is $8 and a full racing and form guide can be found on Page 45 of today’s Gympie Times.