Devine win for two run­ners at Monto

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Troy Kip­pen troy.kip­pen@south­bur­nett­times.com.au

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.

PHOTO: TROY KIP­PEN

RID­ING HIGH: Jock­eys walk their rides in the first race on the card.

PHOTO: TROY KIP­PEN

IN HIS STRIDE: Lyall Appo on his ride Jack 'n' Me for the fea­ture race for the day.

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