Double joy for Dongara-based trainer Jacquelyn Scott in Carnarvon opener
Dongara-based trainer Jacquelyn Scott missed the first leg of her winning double at Carnarvon’s opening race meeting on Saturday — being caught in the stalls.
“Did he win?” Scott asked of Bobcat Boy as she had taken Calabria Joe, her starter in the previous race, back to his on-course yard.
Bobcat Boy saluted the judge by three-quarters of a length ahead of The Daintree and Premio Momento.
However, Scott was in the right place at the right time when Bicol Express took out the Northern Aspects Construction Handicap by a length from Argoon and Cool Dynamite.
Scott also finished with a placegetter from her six starters.
Her performance was matched by jockey Andrew Castle, who produced a similar result from five rides.
Ken Nightingale must have been lamenting after Surley Hurley won the Get The Tabtouch Handicap at very liberal odds, after switching to the stables of Ricky Evans.
After the race, Evans commented on Surley Hurley, who is part-owned and bred by his sister Dianne, out of the mare Gas Bottle, who raced in the colours of Katrina Rigter in Geraldton many years ago.
“My sister wanted to get rid of him,” Evans said.
“She had had enough following the seven-year-old mare’s last win in a small field of four at Gascoyne Junction in August, 2017.
“So being a hobby trainer, I thought just to keep an interest I would have a play around with her.
“Surley Hurley has always been an honest type and today I thought we had the best jockey in the race riding her. But by the same token, she has probably cost us $100k to win $6k today.”
Nightingale was more than compensated when his only starter at the meeting, Balmontgomery, produced a whirlwind finish after missing the kick and being forced 10 wide on the corner, to take out the Norwesta Lifestyle Park Handicap by two and a half lengths from Megamind.
From all reports Megamind had been working well and looked to have the race in his keeping after shooting clear by two or three lengths on the corner, but was found wanting in the final 100m.
From seven starts under Nightingale’s care, Balmontgomery has recorded a win and three places.
Patrons had to wait for correct weight to be sounded after Mixed Grill and Top Shop were initially declared as dead-heating for second and third behind Kayelmar in the Ray Bellotti Memorial Maiden.
After viewing the photo finish, stewards amended the official placings in favour of Mixed Grill.
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