Bumper race day

By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org

A BUMPER six-race program, the largest in recent memory offers a smorgasboard of mouthwatering action for Gladstone punters at Ferguson Park today.

The program is great news for the Gladstone Turf Club and also for punters with plenty of actionpacked racing expected. It promises to be a cracking program with the feature Class 5 handicap (race 3) just one of a number of top fields.

Local hope Lord Glenbury is pencilled in to back-up after his gallant fourth in Rockhampton on Thursday and should feature in the mix heavily here.

The classy top-weight Differential, ridden by Darryl Johnston is also in the race, while last start Gladstone winner's Now Ming and Valhulla form key parts of a nice eight-strong field.

Bundaberg trainer Darryl Gardiner is hoping to continue his fine harbour city strike rate when he saddles up consistent topweight In Cobargo in the Open handicap (race 5).

In Cobargo hasn't missed a place in his six career runs at Ferguson Park, which includes two wins, so he will be hard to beat here.

Caloundra trainer John Johnston makes the long trip up with Sit Here Dear, while Dreams of Wealth could figure among the top three.

Is today the day for Lee Kiernan's honest as the day is long galloper Errol Street in the Class B handicap (race 6)?

Errol Street was brave in his last home-town start coming second to Valhulla after running five-wide the whole way.

Providing he looks well, a win would not be out of the question, but the dangers will be Peter Fleming's Craiglea Heaven, Calliope maiden winner Runphir and track lover Zoomerang.

Speaking of Calliope winners and Sir Alister looks primed to make it two wins on the trot in the Class 2 handicap (race 1).

Others to watch in this race are top-weight Capirossi, McLintock and Shokur who is backing up after his third in Rockhampton on Thursday.

Meanwhile, there are two maiden races that have drawn nine horses apiece.

It is great news for the club, but bad news for punters who will have to take on trust because there is not a great deal of form behind the bunch.

Even so, two maiden races are better than none at all and are sure to offer value for those punters smart enough to tip a winner.

It promises to be a great day, action starts at 1.15pm, with full bar, canteen and bookmaking facilities available.

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