HOME STRETCH: Starters head for home in the feature at the Gympie Turf Club on Saturday.
HOME STRETCH: Starters head for home in the feature at the Gympie Turf Club on Saturday. Renee Albrecht

Race day drama ends with a magic ride

RACING: Most racedays bring a variety of dramas but Saturday's Cup meeting was put in jeopardy when the Racing Queensland-supplied digital jockey scales would not work.

RQ Stewards bring this vital equipment with them from Brisbane but the scales proved to be faulty.

A desperate search by Gympie Turf Club president Shane Gill eventually led to Gympie Veterinary Services generously providing a set of digital scales for the GTC to use.

Although accustomed to four feet instead of two on the platform, these scales served the purpose and racing was able to go ahead.

The day's other drama came in the second race, the Tattersall's Racing Club QTIS Maiden.

Bel Above blundered soon after the start, with apprentice Hannah English spearing over the horse's head and then apparently being stood on by Bel Above.

English complained of lower back pain and was conveyed by ambulance to hospital.

However, there was more cheer for the Pat Duff stable and pain for English, with Flinders Deagon winning the Traveston Girl BM 50 over 1470m.

English was replaced as rider of Flinders Deagon by Melissa Cox, who piloted the five-year-old Falvelon- Seahawk Lass (by Sequalo) gelding to an all the way win over the 1470m trip.

Balinese Boy ($3.80, C. Bayliss) made a dash at

the leader on the home

turn but was unable to

bridge the gap in the straight, being beaten into second by a long neck, with $2.70 favourite Mango Tango (J. Hoopert) third.

The winner is raced by the Connolly family.

Trevor Connolly bred the winner who won his maiden at last year's Gympie Cup meeting.

In other racing news, newly licensed Gympie trainer Cherie Vick cheered home her first winner when Magic Fish ($10, J. Hoopert) led most of the way to

win the Tattersall's Racing Club QTIS Maiden over 1170m.

- BARRY FITZHENRY

Gympie Times


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