Devine win for two runners at Monto
EVERYTHING fell into place for organisers, one trainer, and a jockey at the Monto races on Saturday.
Rain leading up to the day threatened to put an end to the meeting before it had even started.
But on Saturday morning the heavens parted to offer racegoers the perfect setting for the annual event.
Soon after the last race for the day another storm passed over the track dumping one and a half inches of rain on the course.
But the sun was definitely shining on trainer Jason Devine who had two winners for the day, Me Fast Too in the second race on the card and Just for Keeps in the last for the day.
“Luke Dillon was going to ride the horses, but I thought the race would be cancelled so I sent him of to Emerald to race,” Mr Devine said.
Me Fast Too finished fourth in the same Monto race the previous year, but the form was there for the performance at Monto.
“She (Me Fast Too) won three weeks ago in Gladstone after a spell,” Mr Devine said.
“When you have got a jockey like Lyall Appo you don’t have to tell him what to do.”
What was more of a surprise for the Thangool trainer was Just For Keeps’ performance on the heavy track.
“The last horse (Just For Keeps) that one never goes on wet track,” he said.
“Since we got him from Sydney he hasn’t really acclimatised up here.
“He beat the horse that I used to train. I was just dumbfounded.”
Jockey Lyall Appo had two wins, aboard Isa Supreme in the first and then riding Me Too Fast.
It was a stunning return to the North Burnett for one of the crowds’ favourite jockeys who rode in his first North Burnett race meeting since facing a careless riding charge after an Eidsvold meeting in February.
“It was worth the trip up there (Monto),” Appo said.
Appo said he had not ridden many heavy tracks with most North Burnett tracks being “hard and fast”.
“Our tactics were to stay off the fence. Both trainers were happy that I rode for them 2-3 horses off the inside fence,” he said.
“The way I drew the barriers it was easy to be in that position.”
Appo said it was the first time he had ridden those horses, but he regularly rode for the trainers.
“He (Mark Goodwin)
trained Isa Supreme and had three trials where he didn’t impress. He was ridden by an apprentice then.
“Mark always knew when I got on him he would get the best out of the horse.
“We were quite impressed with him for a first starter.”
Despite the strong showing Appo had one goal in Monto that he failed to achieve at Saturday’s meeting.
“I would love to win the Ken and Gordon Russell Memorial Open before I retire,” Appo said.
The memorial race was third on the card with Appo finishing third on Jack ‘n’ Me two and a quater lengths behind winner Direct Debit.
“He (Jack ’n’ Me) is a pretty smart horse but with the condition of the track there were things that weren’t going right,” he said.
Everything went right for the organisers with a crowd of 600 turning out to the races.
Monto race club secretary KerriWilliams said crowd numbers were on par with last year.
“It was hot but at least it was not dusty,” she said.
“There was a storm about 6:30pm with another one and a half inches of rain. Someone was looking out for us,” she said.
MsWilliams said of the 44 nominations for the races 43 horses got a start on the day of racing.
RIDING HIGH: Jockeys walk their rides in the first race on the card.
IN HIS STRIDE: Lyall Appo on his ride Jack 'n' Me for the feature race for the day.