Nevada Gambler rolls dice for win

REMARKABLE Gympie galloper Nevada Gambler added to an already impressive collection of country cups after victory in Saturday’s Gayndah Cup.

Nevada Gambler had won the cup in 2008 before backing up the win at the weekend when the veteran Canonise gelding rode a copybook race by three kilogram claimer, Alexandra Kitson.

Kitson angled the eight-year-old off the fence at the top of the straight before overpowering the opposition to win by a convincing 1 ¾ lengths under his 59.5 kilograms.

Bundaberg trained Kalman was second ahead of Warwick galloper Fire Hazard.

Trained by Barry Gill, Nevada Gambler was coming off fourth placings at Caloundra and Rockhampton as his three most recent starts after having won the Gympie Cup last October prior to a spell.

With 16 wins and 17 placings from his 75 race starts, Nevada Gambler has pushed prize money just exceeding $193,000, including his winnings from all four of the Gympie Turf Clubs Cup races - the Gympie Cup, Muster Cup, RSL Cup and 100 Club Cup.

It is likely the best fields ever seen at a Gayndah Cup meeting lined up in the citrus capital with 51 starters in the 5 races.

Monto galloper Nine Day Fortnight was an impressive winner of the QTIS 1000m maiden ridden by Michael Cullen for trainer, Mark Hutton with the Conatus filly spread-eagling the field. Likeaphanton (D. Gill, Tr B. Gill) was second ahead of Jovial Joke (Amanda Smith, Matt Kropp).

Gayndah trainer Allan Gooden saddled up Barramundi for an easy win in the 1000m Class 3 ridden by apprentice Keely James who had survived a bucking exhibition by her mount in the previous race to win on the Bull Demus 6 year old.

Second Hand Mac (A. Smithy, M. Kropp) was second ahead of Sir Something (M. Barnham, D. Schultz). Gold War took out the 1200m Class B for Thangool mentor, Leslie Hansen from Whosh (I. Coombes, K. Hill) and Don’t You Worry (C. Kearney, B. Hammond).

Shaun Bayliss guided 5 yr old Shrewdy mare, Smart Union to a half length win in the 1400m Class 1 for Bundaberg trainer, Andrew Hayward relegating Welsh Celebrity (B. Thomson, L. Ward) and Drawn to Dubai (A. Kitson, M. Lakey) to the minor placings.

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