Rising young apprentice rider grabs local winning double
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
A WINNING double to rising young jockey Ryan Plumb was the highlight of Saturday's Glad- stone Turf Club race meeting at Ferguson Park.
Fifteen-year-old Brisbane ap- prentice Plumb showed why he is fast earning a big reputation with the best ride of the day on roughie County Fair (race three) after col- lecting the cash in the first race on Leica Kaaptive.
The first race of the day was a ding-dong battle between last start winner Leica Kaaptive (2.80) and Mister Po (3.50).
The pair went head to head over the last 150 metres, before Leica Kaaptive poked his nose in front to get home by the barest of margins for local trainer Lee Kiernan.
Rockhampton galloper Whi- tiora (4.50) returned to form to with a tough win in Race two, the QRSE Class three plate.
Ridden expertly by Shayla Quick, Whitiora was in the box seat over the 1194 metre journey to score its third career win by a short half head from Innkeeper Star (3.50) who produced the run of the race to finish second.
The honest Shokur (5.00) led for the most of the race before fading to finish third.
As mentioned earlier, apprentice Ryan Plumb worked his magic to get long-shot County Fair (8.00) home in the Race three Class B handicap.
With 600 metres to go, County Fair was dead last before Plumb flew down the outside of the eight-horse field to win by half a length for a second Gladstone career win.
Former Gladstone jockey Lucy Timson was unlucky not to win on fellow outsider Bundy Rose (7.00) who led for the majority of the race, while Double You (3.20) with Donna Carrigg aboard kicked home for third.
In the final race of the day, Zoo- merang (3.50) produced a quality run to finally break through for his first career win.
With Mark Dale in the saddle, hot tip Zoomerang was always in control to defeat local hope Lets Play Snap (3.00) and Star Chariot.