AS expected, Mackay trainer John Manzelmann dominated proceedings at Clermont last Saturday with a winning treble.
The Manzelmann stable saddled up 15 of the 24 starters on the day and without their support there is no way that the meeting would have proceeded, so the result that was achieved was reward for effort.
Their first win came in the opening event, the 1000 metre Maiden Plate, courtesy of a rails-hugging ride by Adrian Coome aboard the $2.50 favourite Ada Rocket.
Coome gave the favourite the run of the race on the fence behind the leaders and then pushed through a gap in the straight to down Ului ($4) and $3.10 chance Track Record.
The Ross Shannon-trained Nordic Warrior ($2.50) made it back-to-back wins when he rushed past the early leader, the $2.35 favourite Monnamee and Kensington ($3), once heads turned for home to claim victory in the 1000 metre Class B Handicap.
Nordic Warrior had broken through for a maiden win at his fifth race start at Pioneer Park a fortnight earlier.
Taupin ($3.20) was a comfortable $2 length winner of the 1000 metre Open Handicap over Coco Loco ($3) and Mr Nicholas ($3).
Capricornia Racing Association Horse of the Year for the past two seasons, Regal Mountain, was sent out the $2.50 favourite but unfortunately was galloped on by another runner during the event and was pulled up out of the race.
The nasty tendon injury he incurred in the incident has placed the racing future of this prolific winner in serious doubt.
The Lindsay Challacombe-trained Magic Pearl started the $2 favourite and confirmed her penchant for dirt tracks when she got home in the 1200 metre Class 3 Plate by two-and-a-half lengths over Maid of Falvelon ($2.50) and Classy Franky ($3.10).
Magic Pearl has now won five races and, apart from her maiden win on the Toowoomba cushion track, all her wins have been on the dirt at Gladstone, Moranbah and Clermont.
Adrian Coome again showed why he is looked upon as the leading jockey in Central Queensland when he took out the final event on the Manzelmann-trained King Echelon ($3.80).
In a close drive to the line, Coome had to use all of his vigour to get the best out of his mount and get up by a neck over Misty Rocket ($2.80) and Sheziguru ($7).
This was the Clermont Race Club's final meeting for 2011 with the final Emerald meeting for the year to be held at Pioneer Park this Saturday.
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