Simmons back in the saddle
WELL-KNOWN Central Queensland jockey David Simmons recently returned to race riding after almost four months out of the saddle due to injury and it didn’t take him long to get back on the winner’s list.
Not only that, he did it in style by landing $71 outsider Cannyclimb, the winner of the $100,000 2011 Rockhampton Cup.
Simmons’ jubilation with the win has landed him in hot water with Racing Queensland stipendiary stewards.
Standing high in the irons and giving a victory salute to the crowd with his whip prior to the finish line could mean that the affable jockey will have his winning percentage of $3200 offset by a fine for breaching the rules of racing.
WHILE on the subject of jockeys, one of the veterans of the occupation, Bill Bell, will make a cameo appearance at Clermont tomorrow.
It will be his first race ride for over 12 months but the Clermont local is sure to be popular with punters at Pepperina Park.
THE Dingo Race Club meeting set down for October 1 is sure to attract one of its biggest ever crowds. Not only will it be hosting the World Dingo Trap Throwing Championships after the final race, but providing the entertainment once the last dingo trap has been thrown will be none other than the one and only Jimmy Barnes.
THE new TAB outlet at the Mayfair Tavern has proven a popular spot with patrons. On the second Saturday of operation, one group of locals kept staff busy with payouts including one of over $5000 on a $5, four horse all-up bet to one lucky punter. The person concerned is considering spending the winnings on an overseas trip.
RACING returns to Clermont tomorrow and then the next meeting in this area will be at Pioneer Park Emerald on July 16.