Fine finale for year
THE battle for the $10,000 on offer for the Case IH / Milne Bros Pioneer Park Premierships will reach a climax at Pioneer Park tomorrow when the Emerald Jockey Club stages its final race meeting for the 2010 calendar year.
Although Rockhampton-based Mark Barnham appears to have the $2000 jockey’s award all parcelled up, the tussle between Ross Meek and Neil Boyle for the $5000 trainer’s award will go right down to the wire.
As you would expect, both trainers are well represented with runners tomorrow and it would not surprise if both stables win multiple races.
It is a similar case in the $3000 Horse of the Year award with the Tony Button-trained Stoutfast holding a three point lead on the Neil Boyle-trained Kalkie Miss.
Stoutfast will have to pull out all stops as he is up against a very strong field of sprinters in the 1200 metre Open Handicap and at the weights it is hard to see him finishing in front of King of the Kongo.
On the other hand, it is hard to see him missing a place and that is all he needs to clinch the title.
Kalkie Miss looks very hard to beat in the 1000 metre Class 5 Handicap, so if she happened to win and Stoutfast did not finish in the first three, the $3000 would be split between the owners of the two horses.
Apart from Kalkie Miss, trainer Neil Boyle looks to have a good chance of winning the 1300 metre Class 3 Handicap with Senorina and if that happens, it is unlikely he could be beaten in the $5000 Trainer of the Year award.
A five race card is set down for decision with the first race set to start at 1.30pm with gates opening at 11am.
The day is sponsored by the Central Highlands Regional Council and all patrons will be admitted free of charge. Each of the five races has been named after a national park within the council’s boundary.
Race 1. Give Im Za- Anniehorse - Stansavanna
Race 2. Kalkie Miss- Black Angus – Manners Please
Race 3. Alonso –Hayil Metro – Mountain King
Race 4. King of the Komgo – Stoutfast – Regal Mountain
Race 5. Senorina – Arctic Echo- Lola Brigida