Rocking Connection lives up to the hype
TURF TOPICS: Gympie trainer, Andrew Hayward, saddled up former Clarry Connors trained, Rocking Connection (A. Van der Sanden) to score her first win for her new connections in leading all the way to win the 1200m Class-B at Gayndah last Saturday.
The Easy Rocking six-year-old mare was resuming from four months off.
She had won a Goulbourn maiden in 2013.
Rocking Connection held on to score by an impressive 2¾ lengths from Agent Albert (G. Geran) and You Say No Way (J. Missen) with the winner starting at $10.
The picturesque Gayndah race track again proved a happy hunting ground for Oakey trainer Pat Sexton and Toowoomba apprentice Hannah English who racked up a winning double with Winner Wimmer (1400m Open) and City Market (1000m maiden).
Last season's leading SEQ Country trainer, Bundaberg-based Darryl Gardiner, equalled that feat winning with Humanise (1000m BM 60) and Trigger Lad (1400m BM 50).
Apprentice Amy Van der Sanden also rode two winners on the day.
REAL Saga six-year-old Winner Wimmer bounced back to form at his fourth run back from a 10-month spell to outgun Glenthorn Avenue (J. Hoopert) by a nose after a straight long battle in the 1400m Open. Oakey trainer Pat Sexton said that the 2015 Gayndah and Eidsvold Cup winner had spent four months in the paddock following an operation to remove a bone chip from a hock and had taken a few starts to get back to peak fitness.
Winner Wimmer is raced by members of the Rohl family and Dr D. Gifford and was bought by the owners after having won a couple of races at Caloundra.
The owners had previously enjoyed success with his half sister, the speedy Miss Megahertz who won almost $150,000 in prizemoney.
Canid (N. Keal) was a distant third in the Open after the first two home cleared out in the final stages.
GREY Ferocity filly City Market overcame difficulties to win the QTIS Maiden for the Sexton stable.
Coming off a close second at Gympie at her previous start, City Market ($3.75) led most of the way to win by length from Effective Assasin (M. Cox) with $2.75 favourite, Sequoia Miss (G. Geran) third.
City Market suffered a deep puncture wound to a hind leg when apparently galloped on, possibly on the home turn.
Recent Monto winner in former NSW mare Humanise (by Red Element) led all the way for a 1¾ length win over Issy Command (G. Geran) and Foretoken (A. Van der Sanden) in the 1000m BM 60. Apprentice Corey Bayliss rode the winner to continue his very good winning strike rate.
The Gardiner stable also won the final event, the BM 50 over 1400m, when Trigger Lad dived through a gap near the judge for a short neck win over leader Tiverton (C. Bayliss) with Deadly Dennis (J. Missen) a close third. Another NSW import, Trigger Lad , a Nadeem four-year-old gelding, won a Rockhampton maiden for the stable last preparation and was second up from a break.
THE Gayndah Jockey Club has a very beneficial arrangement with the local taxi service to provide free door-to-door transport to and from the racecourse for any Gayndah residents. This service usually brings around 200 patrons to the track on race days and no doubt contributed to the very good crowd at last week's fixture.
The South Burnett Race Club at Wondai honours two long time servants of the Club with this Saturday's Roy and Glenis Radunz Wondai Cup. The Cup - a BM65 over 1465m - carries total prizemoney of $10,000.