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.



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