The Dave Reynolds stable took a clean sweep of all three bonus pools at the recent Heritage Bank Nanango Burnett to the Beach finale at Lee Park.
The credit goes to Music Scene (Leeanne McCoy) and Tapestry Vision (Sophie Wilcox), the first and second place getters in the race.
As the sole owner of Patche Gift, the Dalby horseman had already picked up the $3,000 for racing the leading horse of the series.
The victory on Music Scene lifted his wife Leanne to the top of the jockeys’ category.
That achievement was worth $2,000 while the five points for supplying the exacta ensured the major prize of $5,000 in the trainers’ competition also went to Reynolds.
There was some extra sweetness in the victory for McCoy.
She had been sidelined with an injury earlier in the year.
Apprentice Hannah English, the leading hoop going into the last Burnett To Beach offering, was compensated with the very pleasing win by Schindler ($6.50) in the Malcolm McCallum Memorial Benchmark 50 (1200m).
She had spotted that the six-year-old full brother to Klammer, a purchase that won six times for chief part-owner Peter Jackson and trainer Glenn Richardson, was on the market.
Although Schindler had been off the scene since Boxing Day 2017, Jackson and Richardson opted to take on punt on the Snitzel bay that had foot problems.
Richardson has done a sterling job with Morrego’s son – all four engagements in Queensland have been rewarded with a cheque.
Connections, banking more than $10,000, quickly recouped the small investment for the well bred thoroughbred.
The other plus sign for the side is that Schindler handled the firm going at Nanango after the other three tasks were on the sand.
Meanwhile, Klammer has been retired and Jackson is delighted that he is displaying promise as a show-jumper for his new camp.
The challenge is to get the word out: the South Burnett Race Club has come to the party to fill the country breach left by the Gayndah Jockey Club on Saturday, January 19.
The North Burnett organisation has opted to forego the fixture that was allocated to replace the washout of their 150th Anniversary program in October.
Wondai deserves support.
The move ensures that prize money is not lost to industry participants.
The line-up is:
The Summer Safari fashion theme is an easy and comfortable one – so don’t forget to mark Wondai’s extra race day in your calendar.
The recent $75,000 Country Cups Challenge Final at Doomben went to the Gatton performer Baker Boy (Ronnie Stewart, $19).
The Brenton Andrews trained eight-year-old franked the form from the Kumbia Cup in which he ran third behind the dead heaters Still The Same and Land’s Office on Melbourne Cup day.
The Statue of Liberty gelding was doubly lucky to get a run.
Firstly, his spot in the reserves was linked to the fact that the quinella pair in the Stanthorpe Cup were ineligible for the Final and the third placegetter did not accept.
Baker Boy, as runner-up (beaten a head) to Hi Harry in the other Eastern Downs heat at Tara, was next in the queue.
It still required the scratching of two above Baker Boy in the pecking order for his late opportunity to materialise.
Bevan Johnson went within a long neck of winning the big money.
His runner-up, Fab’s Cowboy ($26), conceded Baker Boy seven kilograms.
Gunsynd’s Gossip will be taking a summer holiday break between December 17 and January 21, 2019.
I’d like to thank all my tipsters, helpers and readers for their support in 2018, and I wish you all a safe, happy and merry Christmas.