Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Alannah Chases Second Victory

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Alannah Chases Second Victory

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Byline: Turf topics with Barry Fitzhenry

GYMPIE apprentice Alannah Badger will be chasing her second Country Cups winner in a week aboard Pickastar in Saturday's $6000 Kilcoy Cup over 1200m.

Alannah won the Gayndah Cup for the second successive year last Saturday on the $3 favourite, I Dared for Downs trainer John Hearne. As at the '08 Gayndah Cup meeting, Alannah rode two winners with a success on Haizum for Gympie mentor , Merv Lloyd.

Gympie gallopers went close to wins in two other events at Gayndah with the Barry Gill trained Sequalora going down by a head to the $2.50 favourite Barramundi whilst the Mark Lewis trained So Long (Ian Coombes) was beaten by a half head by Queen of the Rockies in the 1400m Class 1.

Alannah, who is currently on loan from the Gill stable to Brisbane trainer, Noel Doyle, won last year's Gayndah Cup on Nevada Gambler who started the $1.80 favourite.

At Kilcoy tomorrow, the well-performed Craiglea Charm from the Gympie stable of trainer Natalie Hole has been allotted top-weight of 62kg in the 1200m Kilcoy Cup and has to overcome barrier 11 on the tight track. Her impost will be reduced to 58 kg with apprentice, Kelly Gates in the saddle for the trophy race which has drawn a strong capacity field. The five race card at Kilcoy has 73 acceptors which includes fifteen emergencies.

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LEADING Gold Coast trainer, Alan Bailey won last Saturday's Beaudesert Cup with the Celestial Dancer galloper, Master Dennis who defeated Naniwa and Mataranka in the capacity 14 horse field over 1400m. Last weeks Nanango Cup winner, Altaica was a creditable fourth in the $12,000 Cup.

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THE Bundaberg Race Club could provide a venue for the significant numbers of horses missing out on race starts at clubs such as Beaudesert and Kilcoy. Bundaberg has been struggling to obtain starters in some recent race meetings and a willingness to travel would ensure a start for horses either balloted out or declared emergencies meetings in this area. …

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