Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Jockeys and Horses Aplenty for Bumper Gladstone Race Card

Newspaper article The Observer (Gladstone, Australia)

Jockeys and Horses Aplenty for Bumper Gladstone Race Card

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THERE will be no shortage of jockeys, or for that matter horses, at what promises to be an action-packed seven-event card of racing at the Gladstone Turf Club's Ferguson Park race course this afternoon.

At least 14 jockeys from Gympie to Mackay and places in-between will ride at the meeting, which has attracted 72 acceptors, including emergency starters in two races.

A sizeable contingent of jockeys from Rockhampton, as well as Mackay's Trinity Bannon, will be ferried to Gladstone on the Fast Cat, which departs the Capricorn Coast's Rosslyn Bay Harbour earlier this morning.

The jockeys will stay overnight in Gladstone before a return trip tomorrow morning.

With capacity fields in most races, winners will be more difficult to pick than usual.

For that reason punters might need to be patient and put into betting practice the tried and true racing idiom that it's horses for courses.

On this basis there can be no better qualified runner at Gladstone this afternoon than the Brian Challacombe-trained Regal Mountain in the sixth race on the program, the Open Handicap (1194m), to be run at 3.43pm.

Regal Mountain has the enviable record of five wins and a second placing from just six starts on the tricky sand circuit at Ferguson Park.

Better still, Regal Mountain, a son of Monashee Mountain (USA), a breed very adept at sand track surfaces, has the enviable record of two wins from as many starts over today's 1194-metre circuit. …

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