Southside racetrack badly damaged by heavy rainfall
ROUND three of flood events this week saw a repeat of damage to the racing surface of the Gympie racetrack with washouts in the usual areas of the track.
Temporary repairs to the surface have been made with track gallops able to go ahead on Thursday morning.
A planned inspection of the track by Racing Qld officials last Monday was called off due to the wet weather but the GTC has made a submission for RQ assistance in repairing the track.
An estimated 700 tonnes of sand is needed to effect the necessary repairs which will cost about $40 000 to complete according to GTC president Spencer Slatter.
The Board of Racing Qld met this week and the result of the GTC submission should be known shortly.
Falcon places second
Gympie trained horses had to be content with second place in races in Brisbane and Eidsvold last Saturday.
The Peter Fleming trained Craiglea Falcon (by Falvelon) ran a great race at Eagle Farm to be second to boom galloper and $1.90 favourite Better than Ready in the $100 000 Falvelon Handicap.
Better Than Ready is a likely starter in the Group 1 Newmarket in Melbourne in coming weeks which further underlines the merit of Craiglea Falcon's effort.
At Eidsvold, the Kaye Hill trained Gem's Tatt and Jewel of Cashel from the Mal Bailey stable were narrowly beaten in photo finishes while the Gill stable ran second with Harney in the Cup.
One of the best race meetings in the 125-year history of racing at Eidsvold served to lift the spirits of residents of the flood-battered North Burnett Region last Saturday.
A superb day's racing attracting 45 starters in the five-race card in front of a very large crowd at the Flood Recovery Event was just reward for the list of 35 sponsors who supported the day's racing.
Wondai-trained front-running More Than Ready seven-year-old Monching relished the tight Eidsvold track in leading all the way for an easy 2 ¼ length win in the Vincents Chartered Accountants Eidsvold Cup over 1350m.
Trained at Wondai by Norma King and ridden an astute race in front by her apprentice son Joshua gave Josh his 34th race win.
Monching ($4) held off the challenge of $2 favourite, Gympie galloper Harney (C. Jokic) with Nanango trained Black Gold ($5, I. Coombes) third.
A visit to Hughenden last winter resulted in suspended trainer Nippy Seymour giving Monching and several other horses to Norma King to train and the horse has proven a very consistent performer.
He recently won the Talwood Cup and a race at Clermont and was second at Moranbah the previous Saturday.
Norma currently has 18 in work at Wondai and travels her horses over a wide area of south-east Qld.