Compete shows class in Calliope Gold Cup
SIX-YEAR-OLD gelding Compete lived up to his name, showing a winning attitude and a clean pair of hooves to easily claim victory in the Calliope Gold Cup Class 6 Plate event yesterday.
The win at the Calliope Racecourse Reserve gave Compete, owned and trained by Rockhampton's James Rundle and ridden by second year apprentice Luke Dillon, his fourth win from 32 starts.
The victory also capped off a fine day for Dillon who finished with three wins to his name on the five-race program.
It also took his career earnings past the $125,000 mark and he did it in style, winning by three-anda-half lengths to Danatina with Filzao a further two-and-a-half lengths further back in third spot.
Only four horses, with My True North the other, contested the event with all four also based in Rockhampton, ensuring the title went north this year.
Dillon began his day with a win on Runphir in the QTIS Maiden Plate. The three-year-old filly, trained by Rockhampton's Julie Green, charged home to win by a length and a quarter to Alycion with Flash For Cash a head further back in third spot.
Dillon, riding Fine Sashaly, was beaten into second spot in the QTIS Maiden Plate, threequarters of a length behind Craig Beets on Trinity Express, trained by Thangool's Pat Brennan. Honey Queen, ridden by Rockhampton's Michael Evans, finished third a long neck behind Fine Sashaly.
Dillon was back in the winning saddle when he grabbed the Class 2 Handicap honours on Rockhampton owner/trainer Robert Sutton's Sir Alister, holding out John Stephens' Shokur by a short half-a-head.
McClintock, ridden by Dennis Whitmore, was third a short neck behind Shokur.
Meanwhile, the journey to Calliope was worth it for Sunshine Coast trainer Troy Hall after Armament, ridden by Mark Dale, took the $2600 prizemoney after winning the Class 4 Handicap.
Armament was not troubled, winning by four lengths from Alliebert with Alhulla a further length and a half back in third.