The Courier-Mail

WHAT A MOUNT

Ti­brog­a­r­gan Miss hits heights on Doomben’s party day

- NATHAN EX­ELBY

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.

 ??  ?? HOOF POWER: Ti­brog­a­r­gan Miss races clear at Doomben . Pic­ture: Grant Peters Track­side Pho­tog­ra­phy
HOOF POWER: Ti­brog­a­r­gan Miss races clear at Doomben . Pic­ture: Grant Peters Track­side Pho­tog­ra­phy

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