Awards go down to the wire
THE recent glut of racing in Central Queensland coinciding with the Melbourne Cup Carnival has resulted in tomorrow’s Pioneer Park meeting being reduced to a four-race card.
That being said, there will still be plenty of interest as the $10,000 in prizemoney for the Case IH / Milne Bros Pioneer Park Premierships has only two more meetings to run and although Mark Barnham appears to have a mortgage on the $2000 jockey’s award, only one point separates Neil Boyle and Ross Meek in the $5000 trainer’s award.
Boyle’s best winning chance appears to be Rocking Melody in the Class 2 Handicap while Meek will be hoping that Black Angus in the Class 4 Handicap, can repeat his last start Pioneer Park effort when he blew his rivals away on Emerald 100 Day.
The Tony Button-trained Stoutfast and Neil Boyle-trained Kalkie Miss, share the lead in the race for the $3000 on offer for the Horse of the Year.
They will clash in the 1100 metre Open Handicap and if either salutes, they will have the title within their grasp.
Stoutfast is having his first start back from an injury enforced lay-off and the handicapper certainly hasn’t missed him but he does have class on his side and has a habit of performing well on his home track.
There will be racing in this area over the next three weeks with meetings at Moranbah on November 13, Clermont on December 20 and Pioneer Park on November 27.
Race 1. Rocking Melody- Medium “N” Rare- Nerangatang
Race 2. Stoutfast –Regal Mountain – Wild Hero
Race 3. Black Angus – Dack’s Faz – Amarocco Special
Race 4. Chicken Dinner- Angel Place - Yan Yan Asta