Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Steele in Form as Trots Turn It on for Punters

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Steele in Form as Trots Turn It on for Punters

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SOUTH Burnett jockey Gemma Steele's winning treble at last Saturday's Zinc 96.1 race day boosted her tally to nine wins in the past month.

Gemma then went within a nose of a winning double at the Sunshine Coast the following day. After winning the 1600m maiden on 25/1 shot, National Jewel, her mount, Clouds, was caught in the last stride by the favourite in finishing a nose second in the final event.

Gemma, who has been riding work at Wondai for several months, completed her Gympie treble in winning the main race, the $10,000 BM 50 over 1470m on the Greg Gatti trained Coonowrin Ruby with a typical "catch me if you can" ride after having won the maiden on Joyfilly and the 1030m BM 50 aboard Liverpool Jane.

Ruby a 'Gem'

CHRIS Gatti, father of trainer, Greg Gatti, bred now 5 year old mare Coonowrin Ruby at his Glasshouse Mountains property, the mare being by Za-Im from the dual Caloundra winning Manshood mare, Coochen Jenny Wren.

Coming off a recent Kilcoy 1500m win, Coonowrin Ruby was well supported in betting to start at $3.40.

She was hard ridden from the start to share the early lead before Gemma Steele booted her clear on the home bend.

The Sunshine Coast trained mare powered to the line for a convincing 3A3/4 length victory over Gas Burner ($8, B. Rooney) who ran on well from last mid-race to be second ahead of the ever consistent Tiverton ($8, P. Hamblin). Favourite, Saurimo ($3.30, J. Hoopert) failed to fire ending up in sixth spot. Chris and Greg Gatti race the winner with the former having trained and raced horse in Gympie some years previously.

Six from Seven

THE win by Liverpool Jane in the dramatic BM 50 gave trainer Lindsay Anderson his sixth winner from his last seven starters, a feat made even more remarkable as he has only three horses in work at his Hivesville property.

Two of the six runners in the BM 50 were late scratching at the barriers with Baio and James is Blonde being withdrawn. Baio broke through the barriers twice, the last time minus his jockey whilst James is Blonde, who is too big to fit into the barriers, was injured by an extension used to close the back gates.

Liverpool Jane ($4.80) won the start and led all the way to win by almost three lengths from Turbo Teddy ($6, H. Phillips) with Dragon Street ($8, C. Jokic) third ahead of $2.60 favourite, Shoulda to Shoulda who failed to show his usual dash.

The Tasmanian bred Liverpool Jane (by Captain Gerrard out of a Made of Gold mare) was set up to be trained by Lindsay after being well beaten in three Victorian starts. After recovering from a virus and having a tongue tie applied, Liverpool Jane has now won five (all on sand tracks) and recorded three placings in 11 starts.

Trainers first win

NEWLY licensed Wondai owner trainer Stewart Darr landed his first winner as a trainer when Duporth filly, Joyfily scored in the 1170m maiden. …

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