Muster Cup winner Fasta than Light wins sandy trifecta
LAST start Gympie Muster Cup winner, Fasta than Light, completed a trifecta of sand track Cup wins with an easy victory in last Saturday's Bundaberg Gold Cup.
The six-year-old Hidden Dragon gelding bolted in by six lengths at Bundaberg following his 101/4 length win in the Gympie Muster Cup.
Fasta than Light first showed his liking for sand tracks in winning last year's Wondai Cup before finishing third in the 2015 Gympie Cup.
The Pat Duff-trained galloper is now in the box seat to win the $5000 Three Cups Gold Rush Challenge for his Deagon-based trainer if he can perform well in next month's Gympie Cup.
Ridden by Jed Hodge, Fasta than Light ($1.30) beat home Rockhampton visitor, Sanosuke (S. Sheargold) with Eidsvold galloper, Tiverton (J. Hoopert) in third. Jockey Jason Hoopert earlier had a lucky escape in Race 3 when he was dislodged from James is Blond soon after the start with the horse subsequently going over the inside running rail.
The horse suffered some lacerations whilst Jason was passed fit to continue riding after a QAS examination.
Gympie-trained gallopers won two races at Bundaberg with the Leigh Wanless-trained Mister Booze landing the $10,000 Ulton Cup over 1090m and Barry Gill winning with Chayse'n'Mason in the Class B.
Mister Booze got home by a very narrow margin from Bundaberg Horse of the Year, Bjorn in the Ulton Cup.
Shoulda to Shoulda, who struck severe early interference, wound up in fourth spot.
Jockey Ian Coombes was another Gympie winner at the meeting collecting the Jockey of the Year Award for the '15-'16 racing season at Bundaberg.
Other winners at Bundaberg included the seven-year-old Grand Reve mare, Mah Baker (C. Jokic), who remains unbeaten in three Bundaberg starts for leading trainer, Darryl Gardiner.
Street Cry gelding, Claim the Throne (A. Spinks) won the 1600m BM 60 while Choisir mare, Mambo Miss won the 1090m beating Gympie-trained Magic Fish by 1 ¾ lengths.
The duo of wins at Bundaberg last Saturday formed part of a very successful weekend for horses trained on the Gympie track.
The Greg Grainger-trained Fire Withi, was a sterling second as favourite at Eagle Farm on Saturday while the Dennis Heineman-trained Nossuh won his second successive race at Caloundra on Sunday.
The Heinemann stable also saddled up Sinister Princess to run second in the QTIS three-year-old there while Gympie owners, the Avisons shared in the win of Visona Playboy in the maiden at Caloundra with that winner being prepared by Chris Munce.
Thangool stages its Cup meeting tomorrow with the $10,000 1600m Cup accompanied by the 1200m $10,000 Newmarket.
Gladstone galloper Blaze to Fortune, who followed his second in the Gympie Muster Cup with a fifth in the Bundaberg Gold Cup last Saturday, is among the nominations for the Thangool Cup.
Esk also races tomorrow with several Gympie-trained horses nominated.
The Gympie Times race day is the next fixture set down for the Gympie Racecourse on September 24.
This meeting features the $10,000 Battlers Cup run over a marathon of 2160m.
This race is a revival of a distance raced in Gympie decades ago.
Horses start in the 850m shute and then complete another lap of the track after passing the winning post.