Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Fomal Star Makes His Mark at Wondai Meet; Fairytale Ending for Famechon Princess and Alannah Badger in the 1100m Maiden

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Fomal Star Makes His Mark at Wondai Meet; Fairytale Ending for Famechon Princess and Alannah Badger in the 1100m Maiden

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AGGRESSIVE front-running tactics were the major factors in the five winning performances at last week's Wondai Anzac Day race meeting.

Bundaberg galloper Fomal Star (labelled unreliable) put his best hoof forward with a courageous win in the Wondai RSL Digger's Cup.

Having to work hard from his outside barrier to join the leaders early, Fomal Star ($5.50, H.Phillips) was trapped wide making the turn out of the straight.

The five-year-old Fomalhaut gelding fought on very strongly in the straight to cling to the lead at his third run back from a spell to win by 2.25 lengths from Foregone ($5, K. Gates) with Western Maizcay ($4.50, A. Badger) third. The $3.25 favourite, Dayuan, had no luck in running winding up in eighth position. Fomal Star's previous win had been in Gladstone last October with his trainer, Daryl Gardiner saying that the horse only occasionally ran up to his best.

Memorable colours

BLACKMORE Vale, winner of the 1100m Class B, carried a set of colours which were often seen in the winner's stall at Gympie several decades ago.

The pink with a green sash, worn by Jason Missen on Blackmore Vale, was used by former Gympie trainer Percy Murray, who trained for many years in Gympie.

The colours were passed on to Percy's great grandson, Dale Murray, who prepares Blackmore Vale (4g, by Shaft out of a Testa Rossa mare) at Oakey. Blackmore Vale led all the way and just held off the fast finishing The Yes Man ($5, B. Derbyshire) by a half head with Sagacious Lady ($3.75, M. Schrapel ) in third.

The $2.75 favourite, Squeemi, failed to run out the 1100m fading in the run home to be 8th.

The winning trainer, Dale Murray, who is a son of Eidsvold Race Club president Lisle Murray, trains a few horses at Oakey where he bases his North Queensland Horse Transport business.

He worked for several years at Eureka Stud and has had a trainer's licence for only a short time, with his Wondai win his second success.

Shoctonic leads way

JOCKEY Pietro Romano worked hard early to carry out his riding instructions on Shoctonic ($7) in the 1100m BM 55. …

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