A thrilling win at Gladstone races for Staked Emotion owners

A GROUP of women enjoyed the never-to-be-forgotten thrill of cheering home their first winner when the strapping Skalato gelding, Staked Emotion, won at Gladstone races last Saturday.

Ridden by Adrian Coome and trained on the Ferguson Park sand track by Lee Kiernan, Staked Emotion made light of his whopping 62kg impost to sweep home late and win the Class 1 Handicap (1000m). He started a $2.60 favourite.

Staked Emotion's owners - Gladstone Turf Club treasurer Sharon Thomsen, Elena Long, Karin Simon and Trish Collins - were ecstatic after the win.

"We are so excited and this win is just so fantastic, as while I have had winners before, for the other three girls this is a first-time experience with their first horse," Thomsen said.

Staked Emotion was having only his second start for the syndicate. Thomsen said she purchased him for just $1700 at a Magic Millions tried-horse sale at the Gold Coast in July.

Now he has returned the women about $6000 in prize money which is a timely bonus coming in to the festive season.

Gympie apprentice jockey Billie-Rose Derbyshire always has dual reasons for celebration at Christmas as she explained after an all-the-way win on Bundaberg trainer Bill Melvin's speedy Seidnazar winner, Dangerous Edition ($2.50), in the Maiden (850m).

"My birthday falls on Christmas Day when I will be 20," a smiling Billy-Rose said. "I'm used to the double-day celebrations."

Melvin too was smiling, declaring that Dangerous Edition had been a certainty in the race.

"He won a race at Kilcoy recently but it was declared a no-race. Then after jumping from 14 barrier, he only got beaten a half-length last start at Ipswich. He is very fast and very handy," said Melvin who has 10 horses in training.

Handy is a term also applicable to Gracemere-owned and trained Liberty Tycoon (Scott Sheargold, $6) who prevailed to beat favourite Base Jump (Adrian Coome, $2.40) by a half-length in the Class 3 (1194m).

Sheargold, renowned for his vigour, was at his best on Liberty Tycoon as he virtually lifted his mount to the line after leading for the majority of the race.

Trainer Clinton Garland said he was trying to persuade owner Ray West to reconsider selling Liberty Tycoon.

"I said to Westie if he wins at Gladstone, the prize mo  ney means you will get the best part of four grand.

"You just have to try horses on the sand track here as if they handle it, the money is so good", Garland said.

"I was going to move him (Liberty Tycoon) on but I'll have to rethink now I suppose after that win," West said.

Gutsy gelding White Cap (Luke Dillon, $2.70) registered his 16th race win but he had to do it the hard way in the Open Handicap (1000m).

White Cap was trapped wide throughout under his 63.5kg load, but he was in for the fight, gaining the lead in the straight and fighting-off Twogundan (Coome, $2.20) to win by a half length.

Raced and trained by Bundaberg's Dale Wright with his wife Debra, future plans for White Cap are undecided.

"I can probably ride him myself with the weight he will get from now on," Debra joked.