Cross boosted by winning ride

ROCKHAMPTON-based apprentice jockey Kayla Cross is back riding winners again after more than four months on the sidelines.

She suffered severe injuries in a horrific trackwork accident at Callaghan Park in March but has recovered well and the success she has enjoyed recently will no doubt be a confidence boost.

Cross returned to race riding at Dingo on July 23 with a winning double but was seen at her best last Saturday at Middlemount when she landed a winning treble including the feature event, the $10,000 2011 Middlemount Cup.

THE only sour note on the day was the fact that four horses had to be withdrawn due to the unavailability of jockeys.

Suspensions and injuries were the main cause of last weekend’s problems but this is an ongoing issue.

The John Manzelman stable had a day it would rather forget at the Middlemount meeting.

Although Manzelman was in Cairns overseeing stable runners at the Cairns Cup Carnival, his representative at Middlemount saw plenty of the inside of the stewards’ room with Dodge The Thorns pulling up lame, Zedative’s Lad refusing to be loaded into the starting gates and the well-supported favourite in the final event Encosta Sequalo beaten by 12 lengths.

The next meeting will be at Pioneer Park, Emerald on August 20.


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