The Central Queensland port of Gladstone has become a haven for trainer Barry Phillips and his jockey-daughter Hannah.
The duo combined twice on the city’s sand circuit at Ferguson Park racecourse on the last day of February.
Glam Rock, after an unlucky second at Nanango, took out the Class B (850m).
And Kartanup, a Wicked Style three-year-old whose only prior outings had been in September 2018 and February 2019, ran second in the Maiden (1000m).
The venue has been a happy hunting ground of late for the side.
On Melbourne Cup day, Telloff won there and Stick With Me finished a close second.
The outcome was similar at the October fixture when Glam Rock filled a runner-up spot while Stick With Me saluted.
In short, the Phillips’ pair’s last six assignments at the course have yielded a remarkable three wins and three seconds.
Moreover, Barry has hoisted Hannah into the race day saddle seven times in a month beginning 25 January.
They chalked up victories with Stick With Me and Glam Rock at Thangool and built a 7: 3-2-0 form line for the period.
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Newcomer Trindall Breaks Through
Burpengary based conditioner Des Trindall produced his first winner as a trainer when Camouflage Girl ($5) prevailed in maiden company at Lee Park in the middle of last month.
His entire stable stepped out on that day with Dreamalina and Heart Of Australia, twice a provincial placegetter, both collecting an income with their fourth placings.
In fact, he has only had those three lodgers since his initial runner appeared in May last year.
Trindall, an agricultural consultant with a focus on the fodder industry, took up training thoroughbreds partially because of the sports competitiveness.
He felt a need to find a pursuit to replace his long career as a cyclist and a triathlete.
Trindall races his yard’s trio with his partner Gerri Simmons, and is interested in the synergy between his sports coaching and his development of racehorses.
He also likes tackling the task of improving gallopers with issues, such as Camouflage Girl who provided jockey Vishan Venkaya with his initial success for 2020.
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The Queenslander With A Nice-Like Grip
Race fans who reside north of the Tweed have found a new hero to barrack for.
Buffering, the dashing idol that amassed more than $7 million between March 2010 and October 2016, has a potential successor.
Alligator Blood’s $605,000 windfall in last weekend’s Australian Guineas took his bank deposit entries to an impressive $2.8 million.
The All Too Hard gelding has a long way to go be an all-age star.
The autumn three-year-old has yet to compete outside his age group but there is something “vo-roguish” about his tenacity.
Breeding buffs relish aspects of the bay’s pedigree.
All Too Hard is Black Caviar’s half brother. Tracy’s Element, a grand performer in South Africa, appears on the maternal side.
Typhoon Tracy, her splendid daughter by Red Ransom, won six times at Group One level, courtesy of two C.F. Orr Stakes, a Futurity at Caulfield, STC Coolmore Classic, STC Queen Of The Turf Stakes and a VRC Myer Stakes.
There is no shortage of lucrative targets for present day owners.
This Saturday’s $1m Randwick Guineas caters precisely for the same cohort that was eligible to turn out for last Saturday’s $1m Australian Guineas at Flemington.
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Bits And Bridles
- Racegoers at Nanango’s meeting last month were informed that two late scratchings were imposed under Stewards Orders. The official report from the panel indicates the following: “After receiving advice from the Integrity Investigations Team that Purple Gem and Boomtown Babe may have been administered treatment today, a day they were scheduled to race, stewards could not be comfortably satisfied that both horses were not treated. Acting under AR20(d) Stewards ordered the withdrawal of both horses at 10.45am. Stewards intend to interview trainer Robert Smith regarding the matter at a later date.”
- Arnwood was gallant in defeat at Toowoomba in the QTIS Jewel Qualifier (1000m) on 26 February. The $21 chance, after leading most of the way, earnt $8,700 in going down by three parts of a length.
- Early Reminder for April: Nanango races on Easter Saturday. Wondai follows a fortnight later on Anzac Day.