Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Off-Duty Mine Workers Enjoy Winning Time at Emerald Races

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Off-Duty Mine Workers Enjoy Winning Time at Emerald Races

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Byline: Tony McMahon tmbsport@capnews.com.au

RACING: Mine-worker cum jockey Nathan Patchett took riding honours at the Emerald Jockey Club's race meeting at Pioneer Park racecourse on Saturday with a winning double on the extended six-race card.

Patchett scored on Bluff trainer David Munns' Secret Retreat ($6.00) in the Class 2 (1200m) as well as winning for Thangool's "Jack of all trades" trainer Pat Brennan on Overboard ($2.80) in the BM 65 Handicap (1615m).

From his Gracemere base Patchett works at a mine outside of Emerald and when on rostered days off rarely misses riding track work at Rockhampton's Callaghan Park racecourse.

His winning Emerald double continued his excellent winning run not only on country tracks but as well in Rockhampton.

Emerald's first lady of racing Glenda Bell has started the new racing season where she left off when Gamble In Gold (Alexandra Kitson, $2.80) won the Class 5 (1000m) from Denis Schultz trained Mist In The Morn (Dongcheoi Jung, $4.60).

Bell, who rarely keeps more than three horses in training, an occupation she mixes with mine-working, enjoyed an amazing sequence of winners last season.

Gamble In Gold gave Alexandra Kitty Kitson her first Capricornia winner since relocating to Rockhampton a fortnight ago.

"Kitty rode the horse exactly the way we asked her to," part-owner Scott Power said.

Central Queensland podiatrist and keen racing follower, Rockhampton's Matt Cavanagh was finally rewarded for his faith in Mistablista, when as a $3.00 chance it won for former Longreach apprentice jockey Scott McCullum in the Class 6 Plate (1300m).

McCullum is now based with Mistablista's trainer Rodd Meek at Emerald.

Cavanagh's racing colours with a blue foot emblazoned on white silks arouse considerable curiosity among those who are unaware of his occupation. …

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