Late decision yields winning treble for Rocky jockey
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
A LATE decision to accept three rides for trainer Allan (Jack) Garland paid off handsomely for Rockhampton jockey Dennis Whitmore at Ferguson Park on Saturday.
Whitmore, who on Wednesday received an SOS phone call from Garland offering him three rides, made the most of his opportunity to secure a winning treble.
Not only did Garland and Whitmore team up to take out the Gladstone Cup Handicap (1608m) on six-year-old gelding Mycenae, but also claimed the QTIS Class 3 Handicap (1000m) on Yo Kidoki and the Open Handicap (1000m) on Dooda Hucklebuck.
Garland said he was confident all three horses would get the job done on Saturday.
'I don't come here if I don't think they can win,' he said with what was a winning smile. 'This track's been good to me.'
Much of Garland's past success came from his former stable leading lights Golden Goal and Leroy's Magic.
However, it was Mycenae, brought by owner David Collier in March, which played the starring role on Saturday.
Mycenae flashed home down the straight to edge out favourite Cearnaigh by a nose and paid $6 for the win, with Steal A March a further three-quarters of a length back in third spot.
Gladstone-owned Conspiracy finished fourth.
Whitmore, who has spent the past four years of his 20-year career in Rockhampton, made his mission for the day seem simple.
'I just rode them how Jack told me to in all three (races) and it worked,' he said.
The hoop had also been confident all three horses would fare well although he was unsure how they would cope with Ferguson Park's sand track.
Speaking after his Cup win, Whitmore said scoring three wins on the day was something he could get used to.
'It's been a while, about 12 months,' Whitmore said of his winning treble.