Racing bonanza with Ferguson Park set for five-race program
HORSERACING: Former Gladstone trainer Kerrod Smyth is feeling confident in his two starters at tomorrow's Ferguson Park race meet.
The now Rockhampton-based trainer's horses Same Old Story and A Little Bit More are ready to give the Cox Plate meet their all.
"My two horses on the day are Same Old Story and A Little Bit More and jockey apprentice Nicole Seymour is riding both of them Saturday afternoon," Smyth said.
"Same Old Story will be lining up at the barriers in the Maiden Plate (850m) and expected to put in a good showing.
"A Little Bit More works good on the sand track."
This four-year-old filly is featuring in the QTIS BM50 Handicap (1194m).
Smyth was a stock inspector in Gladstone during the 1990s for about five years and raced horses between Ferguson Park and Callaghan Park with some wins.
"I had some success then with home-based jockey Judy Orr and racing in Rockhampton as well," he said.
There was some good advice from Smyth about how to approach the sand track.
"When racing on one you have to ride as you're going to lead and really go forward," he said.
"No one likes dirt in the face when racing and it makes it hard to see when it's flicked around. "Also it depends on whether the track has been watered and rolled and its preparation."
The other three races on the Gladstone Form Guide are: 0 - 60 Handicap (1000m), Furphy Open Handicap (1194m) and BM55 Handicap (1517m).
Gates open at 11am and entry is $15 or $13 online, children under 16 are free and seniors are $10 each.