WHAT A MOUNT
Tibrogargan Miss hits heights on Doomben’s party day
TRAINER Darryl Hansen is likely to resist the temptation of another southern trip for classy filly Tibrogargan Miss, who bounced back to her best at Doomben’s annual Mekka Wednesday meeting yesterday.
More than 18,000 young racegoers withstood a midafternoon storm to build further on one of Brisbane racing’s success stories, in which the usual empty midweek stands are filled by one of the year’s biggest parties.
Tibrogargan Miss was Group 2 placed in Sydney last autumn but was many lengths off that form when a beaten odds-on favourite first up at Toowoomba last month.
Punters were clearly frightened off by that flop and she eased from $3 to $4.60, with Honey Ko a $3.70 to $3 firmer.
Back to her best, Tibrogargan Miss left Honey Ko standing in the straight to win by four lengths.
“She had a virus at Toowoomba and her blood count was totally out,” Hansen said. “It’s nice to see her back.
“Rather than go to Sydney, I am keen to stay here and race for the QTIS money, then we might look at a sprint race on Magic Millions day when she will probably get in with a light weight.’’
Les Ross hopes history repeats with Maybe Even You, who was the first leg of a winning double for Brad Pengelly.
“I won the same race three years ago with Cuddlesome, who was my first city winner for Mike Crooks,” Ross said.
“She went on to win six races and I’m sure this filly is good enough to do the same.”
Maybe Even You, a half-sister to seasoned sprinter Steel Zip, also races for Crooks, who is in Broome for the annual Cup meeting.
Pengelly completed his double on former $500,000 yearling Liberation, who atoned for two costly defeats as favourite earlier in his campaign.
Tegan Harrison maintained her perfect new-season strike rate for Tony Gollan when Epsilon brought unstuck a good move for resuming Nardoo.
Harrison has been successful in each of five rides for Gollan in the new season and the trainer noted the former champion apprentice has regained the confidence that led to her winning a string of awards last year.
Apprentice Bridget Grylls had a less memorable day, falling from Dazzling Halo at the barriers before the start of the last race and suffering a sus- pected fracture in her wrist.
Jockey Matt McGuren was suspended for six meetings by stewards after causing interference on Dazzle Us Again in the 3YO Handicap .
A FUNDRAISING evening will be held at the Sunshine Coast Turf Club on August 24 for jockey Bobby El-Issa, who is battling a rare form of leukaemia.
Details can be found at a Facebook page set up in the name of Bobby El-Issa fundraiser.
El-Issa began treatment in June for acute myeloid leukaemia (AML), a rare type of cancer that affects the blood and bone marrow.