Gutsy run by Mr Attitude. – Article by Tony McMahon

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It was a case of so close but yet so far when Rocky’s own Mr Attitude went within less than two metres of claiming a $150,000 bonus at the Cairns Amateurs race carnival on Saturday.
Raced by a local syndicate headed by his breeder Wayne Twigg, the Ricky Vale trained Mr Attitude had won the first two legs of the Northern Crown Sprinters Bonus Series earlier in Mackay and Townsville.
Burdened with topweight of 59.5kg in Saturday’s final crack at the bonus, the $75K Cairns Amateurs Sprint (1400m), Mr Attitude went down fighting just 0.8 lengths third behind winner Scherzoso.
Separating the pair in second placing was former Rockhampton trained Jamie McConachy Friendly Dragon who went north with the trainer when he shifted base to Townsville some months back.
Mr Attitude was ridden by Rockhampton’s Ashley Butler who gave the gutsy galloper every chance under the circumstances surrounding the occasion whereby with the big weight the pair had to be within striking distance throughout.

The only consolation, if it could be described in that manner, was the starting price of $13.00 on offer about Mr Attitude for his many fans who would have come out chuffed on each-way betting operations.
Mr Attitude, one of the finds of Rockhampton racing under the development and astute placement from his trainer Ricky Vale, will now head for a well-earned rest before returning for more racing bouts.
“Yes, he will have six weeks off now. He has well and truly earned it”, Vale said last night. SUNDAY

Then Vale delivered another appraisal in relation to how Mr Attitude had pulled-up and how he appeared on looks yesterday SUNDAY opposed to Saturday.

‘’He pulled up OK and his coat looks better today SUNDAY than it did yesterday SATURDAY but he knows he went around”, Vale said.

While it may sound an enigma and rather quirky, it is so often the case that on looks a fit horse’s coat is more vibrant the day after a run than on the race day itself.

Earlier during the magnificent Cairns racing card on Saturday, Rockhampton trainer Jared Wehlow’s Onemore Emotion raced well above his ranking when a splendid fourth in the $150,000 Amateurs Cup (2100m).

Star North Queenslander, The Harrovian (Robert Thompson) won the Cup by four lengths and claimed a $200K bonus for his connections as it was his third Cup win in the Northern Crown Stayers Series.

In finishing 4.9 lengths fourth, Onemore Emotion has indicated that staying is his forte and next year could be his best.

Ashley Butler, the regular high weight rider for the Wehlow stable, will team-up tomorrow TUESDAY with the trainer’s Aloof’s Turf (Race 4 -TAB 2) at Townsville races.

It was a day of doubles all-round for three Rockhampton jockeys at the Thangool Cup races last Saturday.

Mackay trainer Oliver Cairns’ Miazumi provided Thomas Doyle with the win in the Eric and Val Nobbs Memorial Thangool Cup (1600m) after the apprentice had won on Kevin Miller’s Perfect Times in the preceding race.

Apprentice Elle Smith won on Clinton Taylor’s Tedder Express as well as Damian Rideout’s Mia Host in the Noel Howard Memorial Newmarket (1200m).

Senior Rocky jockey Mark Barnham made it a double for Emerald trainer Raymond Williams as well courtesy of the winners Stylish Son and Hayler’s Tary.

Much awaited stallion Dominant is due to arrive at Palm Valley Thoroughbreds Stud, Capricorn Coast this evening MONDAY and racing returns to Callaghan Park, Rockhampton on Thursday.


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