20 March, 2021
Racing goes sky high
The Emerald Jockey Club hosted its first Sky 1 mid-week Tab meeting of 2021.
By Richard ‘Nugget’ Turnbull
THE EMERALD Jockey Club hosted the club’s first standalone Sky 1 mid-week Tab meeting of 2021 last Tuesday with a seven-race program.
More than 70 runners faced the starter and the surface served up by Track Curator Mick Calvert was Tab grade with the track racing True with several heavily backed runners saluting at the meeting and winners coming from in front and from behind.
The highlights for the day went local Glenda Bell who teamed up with fly in fly out jockey Nathan Day for a winning double.
Together the duo broke through in the 1100 meter class 3 plate with Lord Greystoke ($4.20) sneaking inside runs to scoot home along the fence and nail the Clinton Taylor trained favourite The Egyptian ($1.90) in the shadows of the post in a bell ringer of a finish.
Lord Greystoke was only having it’s 2nd run for the Bell stable and after last week’s win Bell looks set for more wins with the impressive lightly raced gelding.
Bell hit pay dirt again later in the program with Nathan Day in the saddle when Demurral ($7.00) came home from the clouds late in another Bell ringer of a finish making it a winning double for Bell and Day together.
Demurral is raced by Bell’s partner Bob White in Dysart which made the win extra special.
The open sprint was taken out by Tracy Simmons runner Fratelliono ($4.60) with Justin Stanley onboard.
Raymond Williams runner Awanechee ($2.50) just missed by the barest of margins in a tight finish after being front every bar the finish line with Hannah Richardson in the saddle.
The richest race on the program was taken out by one of the rising stars of the Rockhampton training ranks Nick Walsh who took out the rich $30,000 three-year-maiden with lightly raced Allotta Attitude $12.00 who was ridden by Beau Appo.
Allotta Attitude arrived right on the line to grab the odds on favourite Ollie’s Stand $1.80 right on the line.
Allotta Attitude is raced by the Milner Racing family in Rockhampton.
EJC Vice President Tracey Leake said the club was more than pleased to host the midweek tab meeting.
She said the biggest benefactors from the midweek Tab status meetings were the racing participants, who raced for $102,000 in prizemoney instead of $37,500 in prizemoney which is usually allocated for the March meeting historically and is a cash negative meeting for the EJC.
The Tab status ensured the club was profitable due to subsidies for hosting Tab meetings with the total betting turnover on the days racing contributing to the club’s total bottom line for the day.
The next meeting at Pioneer Park will be March 27.
The racing action heads to Moranbah tomorrow for a five-race program in the coal capital which will feature five local races and $45000 in prizemoney with top class country racing expected and the day will also welcome racing back for 2021 in Moranbah.