Tara pro­duces firsts and come­back wins

Dalby Herald - - SPORT - Michael Doyle

HORSE RAC­ING: Vic­tory in the Tara Cup on Satur­day for Chilli Beach has con­tin­ued the mare’s im­pres­sive re­cent form.

The vic­tory makes it three out of the last four starts, and sev­enth in her ca­reer.

Trainer Kylie Geran said her team have con­sid­ered re­tir­ing the horse in the past, but she con­tin­ues to pro­duce great re­sults.

“Every time (own­ers) Corey (Geran) and Wayne (Lacy) think about send­ing her to stud, she keeps win­ning,” Geran told me­dia on Satur­day.

While it is un­clear what the next move will be for Geran and her team, it is though Chilli Beach will now line-up for the Wondai Cup in Gympie in two weeks.

Per­for­mance of the day went to a Roma horse which has had lit­tle to no luck in re­cent months.

As the field turned the bend at Tara Race­course in the last race on Satur­day, the hopes of the nine-year-old geld­ing Cam­panol­ogy ($5) looked grim.

Last into the straight with a re­turn­ing vet­eran jockey on his back, Cam­panol­ogy stormed past the field to take the win from Sanjay ($3) and Prince of Peace ($5) in third.

It was the first win for Cam­panol­ogy in al­most a year-and-a-half, and it was also the first win for jockey Shannon Apthorpe since re­turn­ing from an in­jury which kept him from rac­ing for four months.

Roma train­ing Craig Smith said it was a great win for both the jockey and the horse, and the fact they came from last to win made it more spe­cial.

“That is the first win for (Cam­panol­ogy) in 16 months, and this is only the fourth race I have had him for,” Smith said.

“I am very pleased with how he went today.

“He has run with­out luck in his last start so it was nice to see him get over the line and into the win­ners cir­cle.

“It was also great for Shannon, he is a great jockey and this was his first win since com­ing back.”

Ka­pachino Miss ($5.50) won the open­ing race of the day in the maiden over 1000, beat­ing pre-race favourite Rumba Laara ($1.80) by a length. Heza Chum­ley ($5) got a win in the sec­ond race.

❝ It was also great for Shannon, he is a great jockey and this was his first win since com­ing back. — Craig Smith

PHOTO: NEV MAD­SEN

WIN­NER: Vet­eran jockey Shannon Apthorpe won the last race at Tara in Satur­day, his first since re­turn­ing from in­jury.

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