WINNERS: Jockey Ian Coombes, Tiverton and trainer Bob Murray after the feature race at the Zinc 96.1 Race Day on Saturday July 23, 2016.
WINNERS: Jockey Ian Coombes, Tiverton and trainer Bob Murray after the feature race at the Zinc 96.1 Race Day on Saturday July 23, 2016. Francesca McMackin

Best Gympie win yet for Murray family at Zinc 96.1 Race Day

FOUR generations of the Eidsvold based Murray family recorded their best Gympie win yet when $1.90 favourite Tiverton won Saturday’s $10,000 Zinc 96 BM 70 over 1470m.

The writing was on the wall with a close fourth in last month’s RSL Cup in Gympie with the four-year-old Soldier’s Tale mare relishing the drop back in class to a Benchmark 50.

Gympie jockey, Ian Coombesmade full use of Tiverton’s barrier two to have the mare second most of the way.

He said that she “switched off” on getting to the front inside at the 200m but fortunately kicked on strongly when she heard the challengers coming to record a long neck victory over the Darryl Gardiner trained last start Wondai winner, Isis Spinner ($3.60, A. Spinks) with Environmental ($7, A Van der Sanden) also running on well for third 1 3/4 lengths further back.

Trainer Bob Murray took horses to Thangool to race on Saturday, leaving family members to saddle up Tiverton who has missed collecting prize money in just four of her 17 starts to-date for the Murrays.

Tiverton was purchased by her present owners after having won a Taree maiden and has been in the Eidsvold stable for about 18 months.

Weight no problem

OWNER and trainer of Glenthorn Avenue, Lindsay Anderson said he was undeterred by the 66kg handicap allotted to the seven-year-old Bel Esprit gelding in the BM 55 as the horse regularly carries over 80kg when he rides him on his Hivesville property.

With 4kg off for apprentice Corey Bayliss, Glenthorn Avenue (62kg)was coming off an impressive Open company win over 1000m at Wondai the previous Saturday and was dropping down significantly in class over the 1030m.

The $2.80 favourite looked to have the job in front of him when he was back near last at the 400m in the 1030m event.

However, Corey Bayliss pushed him through the middle of the pack to surge to a neck win from Snitziola ($4.40, I. Coombes) and Canid ($4.6, H. English).

The victory took Glenthorn Avenue’s record to five wins and four placings from 10 starts on the Gympie sand.

Out of an Encosta de Lago mare, Glenthorn Avenue was a $62,000 yearling at the Melbourne Premier sales and has shown outstanding ability on sand tracks with multiple wins at Gympie, Wondai and Bundaberg for the Anderson stable.

Mair double

AFTER a three month absence from Gympie, Caloundra trainer Mick Mair returned to Gympie to plunder more prize money with a winning double to his charges, Spirit and Grace and Recoleta.

Recoleta ($7, A. Van der Sanden) led all the way for a two length win in the 1170m G J Gardner Maiden defeating the $2.20 favourite Your Say (L. Londregan0 with Scillion ($8, A. Taylor) third.

By Husson out of a Flying Spur mare, Recoleta was purchased at a Patinack dispersal sale by Melbourne based Nadoe Valley Stud and is likely to go to stud this breeding season according to her trainer.

The “For Sale” sign went up on Congrats filly as Spirit and Grace after she scored a game win in the Harvey Norman 1030m Class B.

Mick Mair said the filly was “hopeless on grass”.

She showed in a seven lengths Gympie maiden win in April that she loves the sand track and in Saturday’s race she showed a tonne of fight to run down early leader Chen Wicko ($3.20, J. Hoopert) for a half-length win with 5¾ lengths to Rage Within ($10, A. Taylor) third.

Raced by Mr G. Pease, Spirit and Grace ($3, fav.) was bred by Mick Mair and supplied stable apprentice Amy Van der Sanden with a winning double.

Placings end

FOUR minor placings in six starts so far this preparation came to en end for Unique Fuse when the Barry Gill trained seven-year-old led all the way for a gallant win in the 1030m Madill Motor Group BM 70.

Unique Fuse (by Chateau Istana) was quickly into stride from the outside barrier and ran to the lead on settling down for jockey Luke Londregan.

Unique Fuse ($2.70) bolted clear in the straight for a big win by 8 1/4 lengths from Bjorn ($4.6, I. Coombes) with 1 ¾ lengths back to the Stuart Kendrick trained $2.40 favourite, Extra Shot (A. Taylor) third.

Unique Fuse notched up his tenth Gympie win from his 28 Gympie starts for owner and trainer Barry Gill.

Three harness races

THE GTC conducted its third dual code meeting when three harness races followed the conclusion of the five thoroughbred events.

All harness races were standing start events over about 1500m.

Whatasillyquestion, trained and driven by Frank Bennett from Jimboomba, led all the way for an easy win in the Solarhart Handicap.

Trainer/driver Kevin Annetts then took The Pump House pace in a competitive finish on Red Castle Warrior whilst the Zinc 96 Pace was won by the Caboolture trained Sookie Go Goes driven by Gary Litzow.

The GTC will stage its richest race for the year next meeting, on August 20, when the $22,000 Nolan Meat Muster Cup will be run.

This 1600m event forms the second leg of the $5000 Three Cups Gold Rush Challenge.