Gallopers race to
Rodney Hay-trained arch rivals come away with two wins each
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.”
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.