Bluff trainer scores big victory
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
ON THE map it is 297 kilometres from Bluff to Gladstone and every kilometre was worth it for trainer Ross Vagg who saddled up winner Kalinga Hero in the Qantaslink Open handicap at Ferguson Park yesterday.
The six-year-old mare toyed with her opponents in the feature race of the day, scoring a striking four and three-quarter length victory.
There was little doubt it was the most impressive win of the fourrace program, with her rivals left eating dust. Kingdom Rock battled home for second, while 11-year-old Total Glance finished third.
On a well-patronised day at racing headquarters, those who backed the favourites had plenty of fun.
Honest Bundaberg galloper Craiglea Knight made it two wins in as many starts at Ferguson Park with a good win in the Bill Robertson Toyota Class 4 handicap.
The five-year-old gelding fought out a battle with Lord Glenbury for most of the 1000 metre dash, but his superior fitness won out on the day.
Lord Glenbury had a tough run, but certainly benefited from the workout.
Alliebert, who won last start at Yeppoon, battled on behind the big two for third.
Gladstone trainer Bill Bennett didn't miss out on the fun, with his horse Beat The Rush a top win- ner of the Brisbane Riverview Hotel Class B handicap.
Beat The Rush chalked up his second career win by three and three-quarter lengths.
Outlay plugged away for her second, while Forest Voodoo came third. Meanwhile, Bonalear scored her first career victory with a top win in the 4CC Maiden Plate.
Bonalear won the race on her ear, finishing over five lenghts ahead of second placed Lady In Silk. Dry Spell came third.