Race day proves a crowd pleaser

FAST TRACK: Punters got in their best bet at the Bluff races at the weekend. sw-280211-034
FAST TRACK: Punters got in their best bet at the Bluff races at the weekend. sw-280211-034

BLUFF Race Club officials were delighted with the support they received from sponsors and the community last Saturday when the largest crowd for 20 years packed into the Bluff racecourse for Robbie Haynes Memorial Race Day.

Rockhampton-based jockey Glenn Lee took the riding honours with a winning double, the first of which came up on the Glenda Bell-trained Monashee Star in the 1200-metre Class B Handicap.

It was a polished display by Lee earning praise from race-caller Scott Power who described it as the “ride of the day”.

Work commitments prevented trainer Bell from being trackside but Monashee Star was ably saddled up by her partner Tony Button.

No doubt it will be a win to remember for Guy Bell as he shares in the ownership of the horse with his mother and it was his first win as an owner.

Lee’s other winner was the $11 outsider Garrison Gold which annihilated its rivals in the 950-metre Maiden Plate.

He got home by five-and-a-half lengths over the $5 chances Monashee Express and The Last Chance. Trainer and part-owner Garnett Taylor missed the win as he was at Eagle Farm saddling up two stable runners. He was one of the Callaghan Park trainers relocated during the recent floods but was expected to return to Rockhampton in the near future.

Earlier in the day the Andrew Johnson-trained Jamdit was just too strong at the business end of the race for Carry The Ming $5.50 and Pebs Magic $3.50 in the 1300-metre Maiden Plate.

No doubt followers of the Ross Meek stable were pleased to see Seekawinner score in the 1200-metre Class 5 Handicap and hopefully this eased the pain for the currently hospitalised trainer.

Unfortunately, Meek suffered a severe leg injury in a track-work accident at Pioneer Park on Friday morning. He was transferred to hospital in Rockhampton that afternoon and is expected to undergo surgery this week.

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