Bargain horse has the goods to win a magic race
HIS horse may have only cost him $300 at a monthly sale but the result of race five of the Magic Millions race day at Ferguson Park on Saturday was no surprise to trainer Jim O'Shea.
The gelding won the class two handicap race, the last event of the day, in a time of 1:36.433.
Ferocity Blue was second and Sansira third.
"We know he'd do all right as long as he handled the track well," O'Shea said.
"He's been a handy horse."
O'Shea credited jockey David Hayse for doing a great job in the race.
Hayse, who had never ridden Fouaree before, echoed O'Shea's thoughts.
"It was the best horse in the race," Hayse said.
O'Shea was happy to have a jockey with Hayse's experience handling his horse in the race as the visiting jockey had previously won the Yeppoon Cup and another race for the trainer.
Hayse also rode one of Jim's O'Shea's horses in race one, Split the Sheets, who finished eighth.
O'Shea has been in the industry all his life and has been racing horses in the region since moving to Rockhampton in 1972.
O'Shea was full of praise for the Ferguson Park race day.
"It's great. It's always a good day down here," he said.
Race 1: MAIDEN HANDICAP
- Barcolla Magic, (J. Stephens) 1; Delannika ( K. Gates) 2; Dubleit ( D. McWhinney) 3; Won by 1¼ len, 3¼ length. Time 51.565.
Race 2: QTIS MAIDEN PLATE
- Marty (J Stephens) 1;Rio Vista, ( D. Gill) 2; Pinsetter, (D.Hayse) 3; Won by long head, 3½ lengths. Time: 1:14.044.
Race 3: CLASS B HANDICAP
- Fomalstar (D. Gill) 1; Don't Tell Ali (D. McWhinney) 2; Tigerlicious ( K. Gates) 3; Won by 3 ¼ lengths, 1 length. Time: 1:12.950.
Race 4: BENCHMARK 75 HANDICAP
- Blaze to Fortune (K.Gates) 1; Twogundan ( D. Gill) 2; Country Sherrif (A. Kitson) 3; Won by 2¾ length, 1¾ length. Time: 1:00.056,
Race 5: CLASS TWO HANDICAP
- Fouaree (D. Hayse) 1;Ferocity Blue ( A. Kitson) 2; Sansira ( A. Badger) 3; Won by 1 length, short neck. Time: 1:36.433.