Over­due wins puts house back in or­der

Townsville Bulletin - - Raceguide - CRAIG BAX­TER

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.

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