Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Victory Hotel Clinches Cup

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Victory Hotel Clinches Cup

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Byline: Tony McMahon Racing Consultant

THE swerves, curves and turns and the highs and lows of the most unpredictable roller coaster ride of them all - horse racing ran true to form on Rockhampton Cup Day at Callaghan Park on Saturday.

Typifying that was the running of the $100,000 Rockhampton Cup (1600m) which proved a career highlight for winning Bundaberg trainer Darryl Gardiner and Downs apprentice James Orman with favourite Victory Hotel ($4.60).

However, regrettably the Cup claimed a number of causalities when three jockeys - Sairyn Fawke (Power Ranger); Brad Stewart (Vandalised) and Adrian Coome (Choice Bro) - came to grief near the 900 metres point.

From observation, Power Ranger fell, dislodging Fawke while Vandalised and Stewart following were unable to avoid the drama, thus coming to grief while Coome was dislodged from Choice Bro as a consequence.

Coome sustained an injury to his left elbow while Fawke has serious injuries and was flown to the neurological ward of the Royal Brisbane Hospital. Stewart escaped injury and rode at the Sunshine Coast yesterday while Vandalised, last year's Rocky Cup winner, injured a tendon and is likely to be retired.

Choice Bro and Power Ranger required veterinary attention for non-life threatening injuries.

In a hard-fought finish, Victory Hotel won the Cup by a nose from Casino Benjo (Bobby El-Issa, $13.00), providing him with the enviable record of nine wins and six placings from just 16 starts.

Victory Hotel (ch g 4 Hotel Grand-Satin Dream x Clang) has won his past four starts, all at Callaghan Park in succession, while he has never missed a win or a place there in 14 appearances.

Rockhampton's Capricornia Yearling Sale has again unearthed another talented youngster, judging by the runaway 3.3 lengths win of Supreme Jet (Stewart, $6.00) in Saturday's race for juveniles.

Ironically, Supreme Jet (ch g 2 Jet Spur-Navarro (NZ) x Entrepreneur), won the $50,000 Capricornia Yearling Sales April 2016 2YO Plate (1300m).

Raced by his breeders Bill and Di Ouston, along with members of winning trainer Mick Attard's family, Supreme Jet is a superb individual with a physique far beyond his youth. …

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