Break­through for FNQ mount

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - SPORT -

NEW Cale­do­nia’s break­through win at Can­non Park in the first event yes­ter­day af­ter­noon was Far North Queens­land through and through.

The three-year-old was bred at Kens­ing­ton Park Horse Agist­ment and Stud in Ma­reeba and broke its maiden sta­tus at its fourth start. Trained lo­cally by Scott Cooper and rid­den to per­fec­tion by Stephen Wilson, owner Mark Mar­riott was lost for words.

Mar­riott and his fam­ily bred the horse and own it out­right.

“The horse was born and raised here in North Queens­land,” Mar­riott said.

“It is won­der­ful, it is very hum­bling.

“We have gone through a four-year jour­ney with this horse and to be here and see it win to­day is bloody fan­tas­tic.”

New Cale­do­nia claimed the Carl­ton Mid QTIS Three­year-old Maiden Hand­i­cap ahead of Trevor Rowe’s Why Oh Why and Cooper sta­ble mate Kens­ing­ton Star. Mar­riott be­lieves key gear changes – they took the tongue tie and blink­ers of the horse for the run – paid div­i­dends.

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