SCOTT Sheargold’s love affair with the Ferguson Park Turf Cl
SCOTT Sheargold's love affair with the Ferguson Park Turf Club course continued by taking out the Gladstone Harbour Festival Class 4 Handicap on Saturday.
Sheargold rode six-year-old chestnut mare Mah Baker to the finish line at the end of the 1194-metre race ahead of fast-finishing Best Hurrah and Zalated.
"I was comfortable coming in and she won seven days ago in Rockhampton," Sheargold said.
The extra distance on the sandy track proved no obstacle for Mah Baker which fought off early challenges from Dennis Schultz-trained Theforcebewithyou and Lookslikerain.
"The only concern was the extra 200-metres as opposed to the race in Rocky," Sheargold said.
He added that a fast start is often the key.
"In Gladstone, there is really no tactics and it also depends if the horse can handle getting handfuls of sand or not," Sheargold explained the experience of handling the sandy track.
Gladstone-trained Spooky Moo was a scratching and trainer Christopher McArdle's non-involvement left Schultz being the only local connection to the main race.
However, Theforcebewithyou finished last and Schultz said the seven-year-old bay gelding has only just come back.
"It's back from a bleeding attack," Schultz said of a condition where there is bleeding from the nostrils caused by a strain and pressure.
He offered advice to jockey Ramana Achini just prior to the race.
"I just told him to try and settle the horse early as he likes to go hard at the start," Schultz said.