Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS -

It’s enough to make you jump up and cheer, and roar on down to Paddy O’Brien’s for a ses­sion. An alert reader has in­formed Co­conut that Port Dou­glas has a name­sake in the form of a hay­burner that runs around in Ire­land. Co­conut has done his best to de­ci­pher the coded re­ports in the Ir­ish Times, but if his guesses are right it ap­pears the young race­horse glo­ried it­self by win­ning at Cur­ragh in Septem­ber. One gath­ers it was a bit un­ex­pected. But per­haps this fine an­i­mal has fig­ured out some­thing im­por­tant about win­ning be­cause the re­port notes it was a “vic­tory from the front”, which is a good place to win any­thing es­pe­cially a horse race. It says: “[Trainer?] Ai­dan O’Brien will con­sider a tilt at the Rac­ing Post Tro­phy with Port Dou­glas af­ter a sur­prise vic­tory from the front in the Jud­dmonte Beres­ford Stakes at the Cur­ragh. An im­pres­sive win­ner on his Leop­ard­stown de­but but beaten twice since, Port Dou­glas was a 14-1 shot and looked booked for pace­mak­ing du­ties af­ter be­ing rushed into an early lead. The young­ster looked set to give way when passed by 9-4 joint­favourite True Soli­taire, but roared back tena­ciously to get back up by a short-head.” So there it is. Mag­nif­i­cent. A turf (ie, rac­ing, not grassy stuff) web­site noted the same vic­tory: “The nicely bred Port Dou­glas went out to a sur­pris­ing 14/1 and brought a smile to our face win­ning the 1600m G2.” Hear that? “Nicely bred” – first time any­one’s used those words and “Port Dou­glas” in the same sen­tence! Any­way, good on you Port Dou­glas. May you go on win­ning from the front. Mel­bourne Cup was the dom­i­nant fea­ture of the week. Co­conut heard about the guy who was to make his only bet for the year. He chose an out­sider called Gust of Wind, went to the TAB and with the big queues didn’t check the horse num­ber in the race. When the race was all over he viewed his ticket, the num­ber was right but a dif­fer­ent horse. He had won… you could have blown him over with a gust of wind.

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