Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Bizarre Events at Ipswich; Masakari Survives Snapped Running Rail but Not Weight Drama

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Bizarre Events at Ipswich; Masakari Survives Snapped Running Rail but Not Weight Drama

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TURF CHAT

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Brett Kitching

TOOWOOMBA trainer Michael Nolan has a great strike rate when he ventures down the range to the Ipswich race track.

It started off that way last Friday when the first of his two runners Red Hot De Lago won the opening race of the day in smart fashion.

His second runner was Masakari in the fifth of the day -- a race which kept the stewards busy for a couple of reasons.

Firstly, there was severe interference after 100 metres had been run of the 1100 metre race.

The result of this interference was that Terry Treichel (aboard Navy Chic) was forced on to the running rail for a period of about 50 metres.

Despite a portion of the rail support snapping and being seen flying in the air, all gallopers and jockeys were safe and sound in what was a great advertisement for plastic running rails.

The plastic running rail was installed by Racing Queensland last season as a safer option than fixed metal rails.

The incident showed the benefit of the flexible plastic rails which were repaired by the grounds staff within 15 minutes after the race.

Masakari was involved in the incident but recovered to finish the race in third placing.

However, there was somewhat of a sensation when the five-year-old gelding was declared underweight by one kilogram and consequently disqualified from the race.

It turned out that a cloth which was included in the weighing out was inadvertently left out of the gear when saddling Masikari and hence the jockey weighed in underweight. This unusual occurrence left ITC member Colin Dorber scratching around for a torn up ticket for a first four on the race -- a winning ticket after the disqualification of the top weight.

Fortunately the ticket pieces were found, sticky taped back together by the ITC staff, and the winning payout in excess of $1000 was made. …

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