Race day turns on nailbiting finishes
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.dyndns.org
LOCAL trainer Denis Schultz engineered one of his greatest coups when Let's Reconsider scored an upset win in Saturday's Class 5 handicap at Ferguson Park.
On a superb day of racing, including some nailbiting finishes, the upset win and the riding doubles by Nathan Evans and Dennis Whitmore were the talk of the track.
Starting as a $12 outsider, Let's Reconsider, assisted by a gun ride from top apprentice Chris McIver, settled early on and fought out a classic battle with Lord Glenbury down the straight to score by a half-head.
The win was a welcome change of fortune for the six-year-old who last won at the Calliope races on Boxing Day 2004. Lord Glenbury ($2.50) backed up from his Rockhampton run just two days prior very well, while Valhulla ($4.40) boxed on for third.
The eagled-eye punters were happy when Spy Chase flashed home in the nick of time in the Class 2 handicap.
Jockey Craig Beets timed his run at exactly the right time to get Spy Chase ($5.50) home by a head from a gutsy McLintock ($4), while Shokur ($6) held on in a tight finish for third. Gladstone trainer Lee Kiernan made up for the disappointment of Lord Glenbury's second when Errol Street won the lucky last Class B handicap.
The former Victorian backed up his gutsy performance from the last Ferguson Park meeting to defeat Craiglea Heaven ($2.50 fav) who boxed on after missing the start. Zoomerang ($5) held on for third.
The trip from Caloundra proved worth it for trainer John Johnston whose mare Sit Here Dear ($2 fav) picked up her ninth career victory in the Open Handicap.
Sit Here Dear, piloted by Evans was just too good for her rivals, scoring the most convincing win of the program.
Green Jacket ($5) battled on well after leading early to finish second, while Dreams of Wealth ($7) hung on for third.
The omen punters were happy when the well-supported Flash for Cash ($3) ridden by Whitmore greeted the post in style to make it a double for the jockey who rode Pro's Hero to victory earlier in the day.
The next Ferguson Park meeting will be on January 21.