Crowd lines up for Ferguson Park races
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
ARE YOU looking to have a blinder of a day on your Easter Saturday?
Then the best thing you can do is head out to Ferguson Park for today's popular Easter Raceday carnival.
It promises to be a wonderful day of racing with a four-race card scheduled to start at 2.15pm.
Today's main race, the Open Handicap, looks to be an fairly open affair with all five horses rated a good chance. 2004 Gladstone cup winner Craiglea Ego headlines the field and will be well placed over the 1194 metres with apprentice Mandy Radecker on board.
Former Gladstone jockey Lucy Timson has been in good riding form in the country meetings of late and her mount Dreams of Wealth won at its last Ferguson Park start.
Denis Schultz's mare Lady Long Legs is another who may relish the drop back in grade and could surprise, while top weight Flat has ability but is going to do it tough with 60 kilograms on its back. Dreams of Wealth looks just a little bit too good for me.
It could be a big day today for Timson who looks to have a nice book of rides, with the very wellfancied Casual Line a big chance in the Class B Handicap.
Casual Line has been in smart form of late with good wins at Thangool and Bluff and will be right in the hunt today.
His biggest rival is stablemate Built Like Clint, while Darling Downs galloper Newsworld and the Angela Stephens-trained Hula Express are rated good enough to be winning hopes.
The maiden plate is a tough race to judge, but the whispers are Kaaptivating is set to break through and win. Kiwi stablemate Mr Felix could be a good show for your money, while Sir Hofmann is a chance with Radecker claiming two kilograms.
While in the final race, The Golden Goal will be hoping to score in the Class 3 handicap, but Fear the Storm could cause some damage with Mark Dale on board. Today's tips and fields on page 59.