Time Call takes out Gladdy Cup
BEFORE a crowd of 2000 racegoers at Ferguson Park racecourse, Mackay-based jockey Adrian Coome added another feature trophy to his hoard by winning Saturday's $15,000 Carlton Mid Gladstone Cup (1608m).
Coome always had the Stuart Kendrick-trained Time Call in the in first three before surging to the lead about 200m from the finish and holding on to win by 1.75 lengths from last year's winner, Teddy Bare (NZ) (Carly-Mae Pye).
Race leader, the Denis Schultz-trained Blaze To Fortune (Dean McWhinney, $9), fought on tenaciously to finish third just a long neck back.
In winning Gladstone racing's signature race, Time Call registered a track record time of 1:39.49.
In the main, Time Call was a bad result for bookmakers as the "Coome factor" motivated punters to back the Ron Wanless-owned seven-year-old from $5.50 into $4 while Teddy Bare (NZ) also firmed from $4.60 to run $3.50 favourite.
Coome said Time Call was always travelling comfortably on the sand track on which he was an unknown quantity.
"The plan was to have him up close on the sand here to avoid not getting too far back and missing the kick-back from the sand. He went well," Coome, 23, said.
Saturday's was Coome's first Gladstone Cup win but he has enjoyed outstanding success in feature provincial cup trophy races.
"I won a Rockhampton Cup and two Townsville Cups and I won the Mackay Cup last year but the winner was disqualified later. As well, I have won the Amateur Cups at Rockhampton, Townsville and Mackay," Adrian said.
Gladstone Cup top weight Cannyclimb (Juliet Kuskopf) weakened out of the leading pack in the early stages to finish 27.3 lengths eighth.
Coome started the day off in resounding fashion, especially so for local Gladstone racing identities winning the Maiden (1000m) on Ferguson Park trainer Lee Kiernan's Base Jump.
The strong Gladstone ring of bookmakers must have rued Base Jump's 5.5 lengths win as he was enthusiastically supported from an opening quote of $8 to run at $4.
An equally confident betting tilt on Lyle Rowe-trained Snow Choice backed from $4 to $2.50 race favourite went astray as the Chosir filly finished a distant fourth behind Base Jump.
It took a neat piece of riding from veteran Gympie jockey Ian Coombes on Bundaberg trainer Roy Reardon's Don't You Worry ($4.60) to deprive the Kiernan-trained Master Greig (Dean McWhinney, $3.50) from winning Saturday's co-feature race, the $12,000 Newmarket (1194m).
Don't You Worry led into the straight hung outwards on the home turn, shifting the saddle as Coombes attempted to straighten the horse.
However, Coombes maintained his balance and managed to keep Don't You Worry's momentum flowing along sufficiently to stall-off Master Grieg by a neck.
Third-placed Carmenator (Adrian Coome, $5) was 2.75 lengths away.
Reardon admitted that originally he had not intended backing up Don't You Worry so quickly after a good third at the Sunshine Coast races just six days earlier.
"He came home and ate up and his legs were fine so I thought why not," Reardon said while explaining that Don't You Worry is a difficult horse to train.
"He bolts on the training track so he does most of his work being lunged in a round yard," Reardon said.
While not detracting from the winner, the run of Master Greig was outstanding as he gave Don't You Worry at least 15 lengths from 800m. McWhinney demonstrated nous by not leaving the rails and as rivals moved off on the tight turn going into the straight, he saved many lengths on Master Greig who flashed home and would have won the Newmarket in a few more bounds.
It was memorable day for the likeable Ian Coombes, 42, as Don't You Worry was the second leg of a winning double as he picked up the late ride on Rodney Hay's Come Prepared ($6) in the Class B (1194m).
Freshman Gympie apprentice jockey Brendan Newport had good reason to plant a kiss on the neck of winner Challoman ($4) after the Kerry Munce-trained gelding scored by six lengths in the Class 3 (1517m). It was Newport's first race winner since gaining his licence a month ago.