Trackwork Confidential: Brisbane

Apprentice Travis Wolfgram will join trainer Ron Quinton on a three-month loan. Picture:

Apprentice Travis Wolfgram will join trainer Ron Quinton on a three-month loan. Picture: Liam Kidston

THE Gold Coast Bulletin’s Brad Davidson pinpoints five things you need to know from around the tracks.

1. Rockhampton trainer Jamie McConachy has been slapped with an 18-month ban after his stable star Vandalised produced a positive sample to cobalt when it won last year’s Rockhampton Cup.

McConachy, 55, said the ban could spell the end of his long career and on Tuesday vowed to appeal against the decision. The ban begins at midnight on Saturday but McConachy is seeking a stay of proceedings until his appeal is heard.

2. Former Gold Coast apprentice Travis Wolfgram will join Sydney trainer Ron Quinton on a three-month loan this week. The Bulletin revealed earlier this month that the apprentice was set to knock back an opportunity to extend his three-month loan with Gai Waterhouse.

“He will start with me this week sometime and he will ride a mare called Absolute Empress for me at Canterbury on Wednesday,” Quinton said.

Wolfgram has had just 15 rides in NSW since he went on loan to Waterhouse in late April.

3. Young trainer Ethan Ensby had a week to forget until he posted his first winner when Floral Nomad won the 0-65 handicap (1800m) at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

“It started with one of my other horses getting scratched after shying at a truck on the way to the gates and he pulled a muscle in his shoulder so he’s now in the paddock,” the 20-year-old from Casino in northern NSW said.

“Then my car and float got T-boned at an intersection when I was on the way home from the stables so I was without a float for a week which meant I couldn’t get to the track. But thankfully my cousin organised another one for me and I borrowed my old boss Stephen Lee’s to get there (on Saturday).”

Ensby started training in March and Floral Nomad was just his 11th starter.

4. Here’s a contender for feel-good racing story of the year. Mackay trainer Tracy Simmons only took out a trainers licence in April last year but one of the horses she prepares, Cloud Dancer, has won an equal Australian-high 10 races this season.

Not bad for a horse who finally won its first race at its 23rd start in Townsville on August 5 last year. With less than a week left in the season, Cloud Dancer currently holds the Australian record for most wins in the 2014-15 season by a particular horse with Scot Free, who is trained by Mackay’s John Manzelmann, Simmons’ brother.

5. Star jockey Tommy Berry’s pacer Nathan’s Courage made a winning debut in race two at Gloucester Park on Monday. Berry bought a 10 per cent share in the horse that was subsequently named Nathan’s Courage as a tribute to his twin brother who died last year.


Story courtesy Brad Davidson Gold Coast Bulletin.


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