A Tongue in cheek look at last weekends Queensland Racing
Another enjoyable evening under the ‘Friday Night Lights’ of the Sunshine Coast kicked off racing in southeast Queensland last weekend. Firstly I must say how much I’ve enjoyed the TV coverage over the last two weeks and a whole Queensland meeting without any interruptions which is simply unheard of. That young fresh-faced kid, Brad Davidson has done an outstanding job hosting, I guess he’s lucky the school bus stops near the track and he’s got time to change out of his uniform before doing the preview. I just hope he’s getting more than the $5 a day work experience allowance though!
Ride of the night has to go to the seemingly unflappable Damian Browne. His effort on the previously winless Soldier Of War in the opener was a gem as he went from last to first in 200m with no pushing or shoving. I can’t recall an easier win up there for some time. Any chance you’re available for the Right Or Wrong ride Damian?
After we got past the usual run of the mill distance race (congrats Honey Toast) at Doomben on Saturday the crowd gathered around the mounting yard to have a look at the regally named (good work Josh Fleming) debutante ‘Oink’, who was expected to be in a ‘piggish’ mood. Sent around at $16 didn’t he run out of his skin, only going down by a middle rasher. I can’t help but think he’ll be better suited on a muddy surface down the track though… He was nosed out by Happy Event who ran right up to his Sunshine Coast barrier trial win where Luke Dittman was standing up so high in the saddle he was lucky his arms could still reach the reins. The disappointment was last start winner Two Shoes, maybe she’d race better with four.
Leading trainer Tony Gollan fared poorly in the fourth race with fancied runners Someday and Satirical Lass finishing out of the placings. There was plenty of Twitter ‘chat’ going on a day earlier where apparently it was simply a matter of ‘which one wins’… got to love horse racing. Anyway, Someday was found to be short striding in front post-race and his supporters were seen to be doing the same as they headed home early.
Rob Heathcote and Michael Cahill landed the Listed race by default with Bewhatyouwannabe after the apparently ‘unsupported odds-on favourite’ Right Or Wrong was sent on a Veandercross style tour of the track by Robbie Fradd. Robbie is still reasonably new to Brisbane, however, it would have been appreciated if he could have kept his sightseeing to weekdays. Apparently the horse is still resting… the few punters that took the short quote are still drinking.
Peter and Paul Snowden had a good day shipping up a couple of ‘finding it hard to win in Sydney’ types for a close victory and a close 2nd, nothing surprising about that. Everyone keeps telling me they’ve had a quiet time of it lately, I know time flies but surely the Magic Millions carnival wasn’t that long ago?
The last race of the day was always going to be tough and punters hoping to go out with a bang launched into Halls Creek. But after Halls Creek missed the start by 3 lengths the only banging came from the punters’ cars as they backfired out of the car park. What’s another week when the service is already 10,000km overdue!
Down on Australia’s holiday playground, ‘King of the Coast’ Dan Griffin seems to be really living up to his name again, except now he’s taken it up a cog by riding trebles on both ‘Coasts’ in less than 24 hours on Friday night and Saturday afternoon. In all seriousness though it’s great to see him back after a rough trot with injuries. Dan, Right Or Wrong… any chance?