Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Symons Has Cups Chance

Newspaper article The Daily Mercury (Mackay, Australia)

Symons Has Cups Chance

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Turf Talk

wiith Mark Sleeman

ROOKIE Mackay trainer Darren Symons has a live winter carnival Cups chance on his hands after Old Mates Act won the North Queensland Cup (1630m) in Townsville on Tuesday.

Old Mates Act ($3.50) will be aimed at next month's Mackay Cup (1800m) after he scored a decisive win by two-and-a-half lengths to another Mackay horse, Prom Knight ($15), which edged out favourite Cash Attack ($2) for second.

The six-year-old produced another gusty on-pace effort after jumping from the outside gate to notch his third straight win and his first in open company.

He has quickly progressed through the ranks since winning a Townsville Class 4 (1650m) in May.

The triumph also extended the golden run of Symons, who only took out his trainer's licence earlier this year.

After a fairly slow start to the training game, he has hit his straps in recent weeks.

Old Mates Act's win in Townsville last month was his first career winner, but he has now saddled up six wins, a second and a third from his past eight runners.

Those winners included a treble at Mackay's last meeting on June 7 and a double at Bowen, with wins to Insurmountable and Unpaid, last Saturday.

Symons is combining training with full-time work running his Vision Real Estate business.

His racing operation is run with the help of Mark Dale, Bill Binder, Darren Birrer and Kandy Bishop.

Marlow in race

ALTON Downs race caller Luke Marlow, who sometimes calls at Ooralea Racecourse, is one of five finalists in the coveted 2011 John Tapp Race Caller Scholarship.

Sky Racing announced on Racing Retro that it had narrowed a big field of candidates down to the following talented quintet: Kyle Galley Co Yarragon, Victoria; Matthew Jackson Co Echuca, Victoria; Anthony Manton Co Sydney, NSW; Luke Marlow Co Alton Downs, Queensland; and Edward Sadler Co Moonee Ponds, Victoria.

The John Tapp Race Caller Scholarship gives budding race callers the chance to be professionally groomed for a career behind the binoculars.

The scholarship is now in its fourth instalment. Past recipients Matthew Hill, Josh Fleming and Mitch Manners all now call races for Sky. …

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