Nessuno is swamped at the finish
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
A LATE bid from the swoopers proved enough to edge out former Gladstone jockey Brad Pengelly on Nessuno in yesterday's Goldmarket Handicap at the Gold Coast.
Pengelly produced a top ride and looked right in the hunt as he led 200 metres out, but a last-ditch bid from backmarkers Amex, Top Marc and Devil ensured the Rockhampton horse had to settle for fourth.
In a tight finish, Amex got the money ahead of Top Marc, while Devil ended in third.
Even though he missed out on a place finish, the effort of Nessuno was noteworthy considering he played up at the barriers.
Pengelly ensured Nessuno relaxed and got a nice trip early and placed him behind 2005 race runner-up Shirvigo in the early stages.
As the field turned into the straight, Nessuno jumped to the lead and with 200 metres to go looked a massive chance.
But leading Gold Coast hoop Chris Whiteley timed his run on Amex and with outsider Top Marc eventually ground down Nessuno.
A wily type of horse, Amex held on for his second win on the trot to win the $100,000 listed race, paying $7.70 for the win and $2.70 for the place on Unitab.
Top Marc started the race as a rank hope, but showed he can perform when it counts to pay $19 for the place, while Devil proved value paying $5.70 for his placing.