Trainer races the clock in car­ni­val bid

Townsville Bulletin - - Racing Race Results -

TRAINER Michelle McGuire is hop­ing for a case of sec­ond time lucky in her bid to get good sprinter Slick Score to next year’s Townsville win­ter rac­ing car­ni­val.

Slick Score signed off be­fore a spell with his win in yes­ter­day’s Cap­tain Whe­land Townsville Turf Club Horse of the Year Hand­i­cap (1200m) at Clu­den Park.

Slick Score ($3.60 fav) cap­i­talised on an over­due change of for­tune as he fin­ished too well for top­weight Elmes­siah ($4).

McGuire’s hus­band and stable rep­re­sen­ta­tive Paddy McGuire said the six-yearold geld­ing had been con­spic­u­ously out of luck re­cently.

‘‘In the John­stone River Hand­i­cap at In­n­is­fail the bar­rier gate knocked him on the head and half knocked him out,’’ Paddy McGuire said.

‘‘His next start was here and he got badly in­ter­fered with, he came back with lac­er­a­tions to a leg and had prob­lems with in­fec­tions for four weeks.

‘‘We brought him back for a 1000m race here the other day and he dreww ide and had a bit of bad luck.’’

Paddy McGuire said rain­fall overnight on Wed­nes­day at Clu­den Park had been just what the doc­tor or­dered for ten­der­footed Slick Score.

‘‘He’s got re­ally soft, shelly feet, he gets stone bruises all the time,’’ Paddy McGuire said. ‘‘But even though his feet are sore he’ll still go out and give you 100 per cent.’’

Paddy McGuire said it was hoped Slick Score could earn a start in the $75,000 Cleve­land Bay Hand­i­cap dur­ing next year’s win­ter car­ni­val.

‘‘He’s head­ing to the pad­dock again now, it’s time for him to have a good letup,’’ Paddy McGuire said.

‘‘We were get­ting him ready for the Cleve­land Bay this year but his feet fell apart.

‘‘We’ll try again next year.’’

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