Three suspensions, a fall and a false start on race day
THERE was drama aplenty at last Saturday's Nanango race meeting with a no race, a fall and three careless riding suspensions handed out by stewards.
The 1600m Class B was declared a no race after a false start. Five of the nine runners completed the distance while four heeded the false start signal and pulled up. In the circumstances stewards had no option but to declare it a no race.
In the main race, the Mardi Gras Cup, jockey Sheree Drake was dislodged from her mount, Midnight Ace near the 700m mark. She was taken to hospital for observation with an inquiry into the incident being adjourned until she was able to give evidence.
Jockey Jason Missen was suspended following two separate careless riding charges with apprentice Shenny Chan also incurring a careless riding suspension. Jason Missen was found to have allowed his mount to shift out near the winning post in the first race causing interference to Country Gossip. He was suspended for seven meetings. Missen also received a six meetings suspension for allowing his mount, Way Out, to shift in the final 50m of the third race. Both suspensions were to be served concurrently with Missen able to resume riding on October 18.
Apprentice Shenny Chan pleaded guilty to a careless riding charge in the second race in that he allowed his mount to shift in when not clear of another runner near the 900m. As a country apprentice, the two meeting suspension will expire at midnight on October 18.
Gates takes the win
The $9000 Mardi Gras Cup was won by Wondai-trained Western Maizcay ridden by Gympie jockey Kelly Gates. Trained by Tony Williams, the Southwestern Heat gelding had won at Taroom at his previous start before getting home by ¾ length over the 1200m at Nanango. The Pat Duff-trained Arctic Red (V. Venkaya) was second ahead of More of the Zaim (S. Bayliss).
Kumbia trainer James Curtain saddled up Lady Wivenhoe (M. O'Brien) to win the 1200m maiden whilst Sequalo mare, Sapphire Belle (J. Missen) won the 800m maiden for Toowoomba mentor, Ron Mcrae.
Snippertson mare, Lady in Front gave Caloundra combination of trainer Carmel Richardson and apprentice Amy Van Der Sanden another winner in the BM 55 beating home Octavanus (J. Hoopert) and Active Star (W. O'Connell).
The Country Cups season is well under way with the $25,000 Warwick Cup to be run tomorrow.
The Cup plus the $13,000 Warwick Newmarket, are the centrepieces of the six race card which has attracted over 100 nominations.
The Wondai Cup follows on October 18. The $12,000 Wondai Cup is a BM 65 over 1465m with the five race card also including a 1000m Open and an 1100m QTIS Maiden.
Gympie then has its big day on October 25 with the running of the River Junction Gympie Cup at the Nationwide Civil Raceday, which carries total prizemoney of $18,000 for the 1600m event which will be the highlight of a six race program.
The other feature race is the Connolly's Newsexpress BM 75 over 1030m. Brisbane's Tattersalls Racing Club will again be a sponsor on the day with the running of the QTIS Maiden over 1170m with $12000 available for QTIS eligible horses.
Two strong hopes
Good luck to River Junction Racing for Traveston Girl and Looks Like the Cat, who step out in the Thousand Guineas and Caulfield Guineas at Caulfield tomorrow. The 1000 Guineas is a $50,000 race over 1600m for the three year old fillies whilst the Caulfield Guineas 1600m is a $1 million race.
Looks Like the Cat will have to overcome warm favourite, Rich Enuff to win the Group 1. He has finished second to Rich Enuff at his two most recent outings.
Tomorrow's Gayndah meeting has drawn record entries. A total of 67 horses were nominated for the five races with capacity fields of 12 to contest three of the events at Gayndah with 56 final acceptors.