Dingo brushes with Cup fame

RACEGOERS at the Dingo races were recently honoured to have one of Australia’s leading racing identities in their midst.

Michael Rodd rode Efficient to victory in the 2007 Melbourne Cup and was visiting relations in the Dingo area.

On his way back to Rockhampton he took the opportunity to drop into the races and mingle with patrons. For those who weren’t aware, Rodd is the son-in-law of leading bookmaker Vince Aspinall who happened to be fielding at Dingo.

CONGRATULATIONS to Emerald trainer Tony Button on the win of Power To Exceed at Mackay recently. It has taken him a while to get Power To Exceed to produce his best but he has struck form with two seconds and a win from three starts.

BLACKALL-BASED jockey David Rewald can vouch for the fact that good behaviour does count for something.

After being found guilty of a “careless riding” charge by Racing Queensland stipendiary stewards at Charleville last Saturday, he was let off with a severe reprimand.

In assessing the penalty, stewards took into account Rewald’s extremely good record on the track.

This was only his second careless riding charge in the past nine years.

SPEAKING of the Charleville meeting, Roma trainer Craig Smith showed he was a “man of many talents” when he filled in for the regular race caller.

Although he was unable to call either of his two runners at the meeting, in the placings reports are that he is quite an accomplished caller who fills in at race tracks in the Maranoa area on a regular basis.

IT will be a big day of racing at Middlemount tomorrow, then the next race meeting in this area will be at Pioneer Park Emerald on August 20.


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