Ferguson Park comes alive tomorrow
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au BOYS get the wallet out and girls get your best threads on because racing returns to Ferguson Park tomorrow for the Craiglea Stud/Marr's Furniture Removals Beef and Coal Series race day.
A strong, five-race program has been pencilled in, and you can expect plenty of close racing with a number of good horses making the trip to Gladstone.
The feature race of the day is the sponsored Class 5 handicap run over 1194 metres.
Tomorrow's race is the sixth of the nine-race CQ-based series with more than $300,000 overall in prize money on offer. Top weight Town Player has shown his ability with an impressive win at Monto last start, but faces a tough ask with 61 kilograms on his back.
Mr Chips is another who has been in consistent form, but the dark horse may be The Golden Goal who loves the Ferguson Park track.
Keep an eye out for Claymore and King Hal who have also been in good form of late.
One interesting runner to have a look at tomorrow lines up in the last race, the Open handicap at 4.30pm.
Local trainer Denis Schultz saddles up the top-weight Cashed In who is a former southern New South Wales horse. A second and a third placing at Randwick ensure Cashed In has quite a formidable career record and it is no surprise he is the topweight.
It will be interesting to see how he handles the dirt track. Consistent runner Dreams of Wealth with Lucy Timson on board shapes as his nearest rival, while He's A Kwila and Chief Bulli are definitely in the mix.
Punters are sure to remember the last display of top weight Newsworld with Craig Beets in the saddle in the Class 2 Handicap.
Newsworld was a nice winner two weeks ago and should go well in this race, but look out for the likes of Lion Down, Valhulla and Kumatai.
It is going to be a great day of racing, with action starting at 1.30pm.