Gal­lop­ers race to

Rod­ney Hay-trained arch ri­vals come away with two wins each

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Sue Har­ris sue.har­ris@cnbtimes.com.au

TWO widely trav­elled gal­lop­ers from the same sta­ble fought a thrilling duel for the hon­ours in the Wathonga Feed­lot Sus­tain Coun­try Hand­i­cap (1350m) at Eidsvold’s sec­ond race day for the year on Satur­day.

Rat­tle ’n’ Run, and Mos­sanay, both owned and trained by Ta­room’s Rod­ney Hay, have been ri­vals four times, with two wins each.

Jockey De­siree Gill also booted home Pri­vate Chat for the Mary Has­sam yard in the Hat­ton & Sons-An­thony Jones Pty Ltd Bench­mark 65 Hand­i­cap (1030m).

The never-say-die rider has been aboard the Bund­aberg per­former for four of its five ca­reer vic­to­ries with the ear­lier suc­cesses reg­is­tered at Emer­ald, Roma and Rock­hamp­ton. Shan­non Apthorp rode Pres­i­den­tial to vic­tory in the Greenup Eidsvold Sta­tion Class B Hand­i­cap for owner Pat Richard­son of Oakey.

Bil­lie-Rose Der­byshire also tri­umphed with Just Watcher in the QTIS Maiden (1030m) and Kick­da­habit in the Santa Hot-Ma­roon Feed­lot Class 2 Hand­i­cap (1350m) for re­spec­tive train­ers Nanango’s Glenn Richard­son and Bund­aberg’s Bill Melvin.

“I’ve per­se­vered for six to seven months with this horse,” Melvin said.

“Af­ter a jockey was badly hurt and he went off his nut in a walk­ing ma­chine, I told his owner I’d give him $1000 if he came good. “Bil­lie-Rose was bril­liant. “And to come away with a win af­ter he was kicked by an­other horse on the way over, is great. I’ve kept him walk­ing all the time to stop the swelling.”

PHO­TOS: SUE HAR­RIS

VIC­TORY FOR KICK­DA­HABIT: Bill Melvin's pa­tience and be­lief paid off at the Eidsvold Races on Satur­day when Kick­da­habit won Race 4. Spon­sor Dou­gal Hamil­ton of Ma­roon Feed­lot con­grat­u­lated him.

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