Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Out of Town Trainers Dominate on Weekend

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Out of Town Trainers Dominate on Weekend

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Byline: Alan Kennedy

GREYHOUNDS: Out of town trainers dominated the heats for the Rockhampton Cup at Callaghan Park on Sunday night with Brisbane based Tommy Noble proving he will be the one to beat.

Noble nominated two dogs across the three heats for the Cup and scored a win and a second placing.

Earth Quest was a winner by almost five lengths in the first heat in the best time of 29.84 seconds over the 510 metre trip.

Black Monty took the runner-up position when surprisingly beaten by the Peter Frederickson dog Nickaliades in the third heat. Even more of a shock was the fact that Black Monty, on odds-on favourite, trailed the winner by two-and-a-half lengths.

Noble was quick to explain that Black Monty, a place-getter behind That's Classic for the last two Rockhampton Cups, was a faster dog than the time recorded in the heat.

"He fell over at the start," he said.

"He actually had a miracle run."

In that first heat the dog of Bundaberg trainer Gary Thorpe, Centre Page, prevented local dog Hitech O'Five, trained by Andrew Suli, from getting a top-two finish by getting home by half a length.

The best local effort came in the second heat where Springsure trainer Bill Boon took a second placing with Our Irish Betty behind the speedy Brisbane dog Grampian. The Gregory Brennan trained Grampian was a hot favourite and didn't disappoint, flying home in a time that was a fraction of a second slower than that recorded by Earth Quest in the opening heat.

The Noble stables can be reasonably happy with their work on the first night of the Rockhampton Cup meeting with the six dogs he nominated for the program picking up three wins, two second placings and third.

The three heats of the fourth/fifth grade sprint gave Noble more success with wins in the second and third heats in exceptionally fast times.

Sunlander was too good in his heat, beating the very good Dallas Beckett trained dog White Speed by over three lengths when racing from the outside box. …

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