HOME STRONG: Emerald’s Stoutfast (centre in purple) was ridden confidently to take out the 1000m Handicap at Pioneer Park at the weekend, putting him even closer to the $3000 Horse of the Year award. nr-061110-284
HOME STRONG: Emerald’s Stoutfast (centre in purple) was ridden confidently to take out the 1000m Handicap at Pioneer Park at the weekend, putting him even closer to the $3000 Horse of the Year award. nr-061110-284

Awards chase heats up

WITH only one race meeting left for the 2010 calendar year, the $10,000 Case IH/Milne Bros, Pioneer Park Premierships are attracting plenty of attention.

Last Saturday leading trainers Neil Boyle and Ross Meek continued their battle in the $5000 leading trainer’s award with Boyle finishing the day one point in front.

Barcaldine trainer Todd Austin broke a run of outs at Emerald when Arctic Echo $4.60 finished too strongly for her rivals in the opening event, the 1000-metre Class 2 Handicap. With Butch Mules riding hard Arctic Echo hit the front in the closing stages to defeat Medium “N” Rare $6 and Rocking Melody $4.60. The win gave Austin his first Emerald win since May 8.

The Tony Button trained Stoutfast $4 chalked up another three points in the $3000 Horse of the Year award when he continued his amazing run of success on his home track by taking out the 1000-metre Open Handicap. It was Stoutfast’s eighth Pioneer Park victory and his 15th lifetime win from 64 starts.

The $3.80 favourite Wild Hero pushed the local champ right to the line and only went under by short neck while the early leader Larry’s Song $4.60 stuck on well to only be a further long neck back in third spot.

Trainer Trevor Godfrey advised that Wild Hero will now go into the Roma Cup on November 20.

Stoutfast will line-up in the 1200-metre Open Handicap at Pioneer Park on November 27 and only has to finish in the first three to clinch the $3000 on offer.

Trainer Neil Boyle was delighted with the strong win of $10-chance Senorina in the 1200-metre Class 4 Handicap.

Apart from the three points he picked up in the leading trainer award he doesn’t have to share the prize money with anyone as he owns and trains the six-year-old mare.

Emerald trainer Ross Meek brought up his winner for the day when another outsider Two Bob Snob $10 finished powerfully in the 1300-metre Class B Handicap to hit the front over the last 50 metres and win by half a length over two $8 chances Summerslittle Angel and Bellaciano. Two Bob Snob is owned by Leon, Neville, Kelvin and Mark Daniels from Gindie and although they haven’t won a race at Pioneer Park recently the family have clocked up countless winners at tracks across Central Queensland.


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