Trainer races the clock in carnival bid
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.’’