Overdue wins puts house back in order
THERE was no more deserving winner at Cluden Park on Thursday than honest sprinter Back Of House.
The former southern galloper had run five minor placings in seven starts for trainer Olivia Cairns before breaking through in decisive fashion in the Noel’s Place Class 2 Handicap (1000m).
‘‘I think he’s only been out of the money once since we got him,’’ Cairns said.
‘‘The wide barrier today didn’t really worry me because this poor bugger never draws an alley, so he’s sort of used to it.
‘‘He’s got terrific gate speed and with so much pace on he was able to get a nice run in behind them and came home brilliantly.’’
Back Of House is raced by the Cheers And Beers Syndicate, managed by Craig Promnitz.
Cairns said the syndicate had bought the four-yearold Fasliyev gelding as a replacement for their promising stayer Don Rapidez, who was retired this year due to a chronic foot problem.
‘‘Don Rapidez was a very good horse but with the conformation of his foot the problem was going to recur,’’ Cairns said.
‘‘We had to decide whether it was worth spending $5000 or $6000 to get him racing again, win a couple of races and then have to send him back to the paddock. This bloke kind of replaced Don Rapidez.
‘‘And a few of the syndicate have gone into High Mountain who won here the other day, so they’ve had a good run.’’ BOB Purcell is no stranger to success at Cluden Park but the prominent trainer had a new experience with Hardly A Game’s win in the Judge Bros Electrical Contractors Maiden Plate (1400m) on Thursday.
Hardly A Game gave Purcell his first winner at Cluden Park since his move from Bowen to Townsville last month.
Purcell recently said he was not missing the fivehour round trips from Bowen to Townsville meetings.
‘‘Just being able to come home without the travelling, it’s made it a lot easier,’’ Purcell said. THE Townsville Bulletin sports department would like to wish all our readers a happy and prosperous 2007.