Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Horse Having a Good Go

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Horse Having a Good Go

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Turf Talk

with Mark Sleeman

FOUR-YEAR-OLD gelding Just Have A Go will attempt to keep his perfect Mackay record intact at today's Miss Turf Girl meeting at Ooralea.

Formerly trained on the Gold Coast, Just Have A Go has won both Mackay starts since coming north.

He bolted in by more than four lengths in a Class 2 (1250m) at his first run here in March and also won well in a Class 4 (1500m) on April 16.

Just Have A Go split those wins with a third over 1400m in Rockhampton.

There's no reason he can't win again in a small field today in the same class and distance as his last-start win.

He beat a few of the horses last time out.

The danger could be top-weight Old Mates Act, even though Just Have A Go beat him by more than four lengths last start.

Old Mates Act disappointed in that race as a $2 favourite, but he was second-up and jumping to 1500m. He's probably worth another chance.

The horse did finish third over 1350m at Doomben in January, before finishing fourth over 1500m at Eagle Farm in February.

The other obvious danger is Royal Thief, which finished second behind Just Have A Go, beaten one-and-three-quarter lengths, on April 16.

Before that the five-year-old gelding won a Class 3 race over 1500m at the start of April. He finished fifth in a Mackay Class 6-SW race over 1500m on April 26 on a heavy (8) track.

Royal Thief should appreciate the drop back in class and the drop back from a Tuesday Mackay TAB meeting to a Saturday meeting.

The Class 4 (1500m) is race three on today's six-race meeting.

Captain is back

MACKAY horse Captain Biggles could be heading for a big carnival after winning impressively over 1200m in Townsville on Tuesday.

First-up since November, Captain Biggles ($6), trained by Stuart Kendrick and ridden by Trinity Bannon, swooped down the outside to win by more than a length.

The seven-year-old was second-last in the run but he tacked on as they straightened and finished too strongly for the field of sprinters.

Two years ago Captain Biggles burst on to the scene with wins in the Burdekin and Mackay Amateur Cups, before finishing second in the Rockhampton Cup. …

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