Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Perry Cup Victory for Bundaberg Trainer; Gardiner-Trained Horse Seen a Host Could Not Be Chased Down in Wet Track Test

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Perry Cup Victory for Bundaberg Trainer; Gardiner-Trained Horse Seen a Host Could Not Be Chased Down in Wet Track Test

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BUNDABERG-TRAINED horses dominated the Mt Perry Cup meeting, winning three of the five races including the Mt Perry Cup on a storm threatened race day.

Darryl Gardiner followed up a winning double at Rockhampton the previous day with a victory by Seen a Host in the 1400m Mt Perry Cup.

A heavy downpour delayed the start of the Cup but the soft track seemed to suit the sand track-trained Seen a Host who led all the way for a convincing 23/4 length win over the favourite, Robert's Command (N. Evans).

Robert's Command had beaten Seen a Host by a couple of lengths at Gayndah at his previous start but could not run down the Host six-year-old on the tight Mt Perry track.

Seen a Host, ridden a perfect race in front by Nanango apprentice Hannah English, joined the Gardiner stable from Victoria in late 2014 after having won a Kilmore maiden.

He won three races at Rockhampton at his first preparation for Gardiner, who races and trains the chestnut.

Given a long spell, Seen a Host has now won four races this time in, including the Thangool Cup and the Ulton Cup at Bundaberg.

Dark Angel triumphs

The other Bundaberg-trained Mt Perry winners were Dark Angel in the 1400m BM 60 and Babes Copyright in the 1000m maiden.

Trained by Glen Andrews, Dark Angel (7m by Nadeem) stormed home from last on the turn for a fast-finishing victory in the BM 60, ridden by Nanango apprentice Hannah Phillips, defeating Murramarang (S. Lacy) and Lucks In (H. English).

Bundaberg's Mary Hassam saddled up Publishing filly Babes Copyright (Jessie Philpott) to win the 1000m maiden from Mollara (H. English) and Leila's Call (S. Lacy).

Class winners

Oakey trainer Pat Sexton took the 1000m Class 3 with Not a Single Doubt mare Squeemi (Montanna Savva), who beat home Lady Wivenhoe (S. Lacy) to add to her Kumbia win at her previous start.

Masked Assassin mare Dangerous Danica was another to back up from a Kumbia win on Melbourne Cup day to win the 1200m Class B in a close photo beating the fast- finishing Somerset Dawn (S. Lacy).

Trained at Toowoomba by Tom Dougall, Dangerous Danica was ridden by Nathan Evans to prevent a clean sweep by the girls on the day. …

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