GOOD ON PORT DOUGLAS
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.