TOOWOOMBA visitor Mr Favulous showed the class that you would expect from a dual Eagle Farm winner when he started the $1.80 favourite and bolted in with the $50,000 QTIS 600 Plate at Pioneer Park last Saturday.
Leading Toowoomba jockey Ron Goltz had Mr Favulous travelling sweetly on the fence in third spot mid-race and when Private Chat rolled out rounding the turn, he drove the favourite through the gap and speared away to win convincingly by two lengths.
It was a great ride by the experienced Goltz and the win continued the amazing strike-rate for the Donald Baker stable.
The Baker stable has now won 12 races from its past 18 starters. Last Saturday they started two horses at Pioneer Park for two winners. The early leaders Private Chat ($7) and Falon Terror ($3) stuck well to fill the placings and I expect that both will be back in the winner’s list in the near future.
Rockhampton trainer Sharon Finn was literally trembling with excitement after Checker Champ ($4.60) took out the 1200 metre Maiden Plate. This was only her fourth starter in a race and Checker Champ gave her no need for concern over the closing stages as he recorded a winning margin of four and a half lengths over God She’s Raunchy ($7) and the $4 equal favourite Miss Allykat.
The old adage of “horses for courses” was never more evident than when the Neil Boyle-trained Classy Franky ($6) came with a well timed run in the 1200m Class 1 Handicap to down Two Bob Snob ($12) and Magic Turbo ($11). Classy Franky’s Pioneer Park record now stands at two starts for two wins.
Flying Along ($5) got the Baker stable’s day rolling when he just edged out the $2 favourite Larry’s Song in the Open Handicap over 1200m. Larry’s Song jumped well to set up an early lead but aided by a rails run on the home turn, Flying Along was able to reel him in in the shadows of the post to score by half a length with a long neck back to Teddy Bare ($9).
Not many Pioneer Park meetings go by without last year’s leading trainer Ross Meek chalking up a winner and last Saturday Black Angus ($7) did the job in good style for him in the 1000 metre Class 5 Handicap. Placings were filled by Springbok Lad ($8) and ($11) chance Rockin Rod.
This was the closest finish of the day with only one and a half lengths separating the first six horses.