15 June, 2022
Western Racing Report - Dubbo, raced Friday, June 10
By Colin Hodges
Not often does a country trained two-year-old at debut, perform so impressively as did Gallant Star, on Friday at Dubbo.
Trained locally by Brett Robb, Gallant Star took on and trounced a good quality field drawn from leading country, provincial and city stables in the prestigious Kings Hall Jewellers Showcase Silver Goblet.
Ridden by Clayton Gallagher, Gallant Star gained the lead quickly from an outside barrier and recording much faster time than well performed older horses in the following 1100 metres race, cleared out to win by over four lengths from Shaggy Rogers (Mikayla Weir, $18) and Ollie’s Secret (Tony Cavallo, $31).
Gallant Star is raced by David Ringland from Dubbo and former Australian test cricket spin bowler and noted raconteur Kerry O’Keefe.
O’Keefe is often referred to by his nickname ‘Skull’ and the unique racing colours worn by Clayton Gallagher on Gallant Star were hot pink epaulettes with a white skull on the black jacket.
Racing fans are looking forward to the staging of the $32,000 Dubbo RSL Club Winter Classic Final at the next Dubbo meeting after the two qualifying heats on Friday were keenly contested.
The first seven home in each heat automatically qualified for the final with the Paul Clisby, Dubbo-trained Bondadosa a runaway winner of the 1300 metres heat for the fillies and mares.
From a long way back in the 14 horse field, Bondodosa ($17) ridden by promising apprentice Anna Roper, powered down the outside to win by nearly four lengths from Schiller’s Myst (Mikayla Weir, $4.40) and Justfour (Clayton Gallagher, $3 fav.).
Leading all the way in the 1300 metres heat for the colts, geldings, and entires, the Gavin Groth, Gunnedah-trained Foreign Brother (Matt-hew Palmer, $26) staved off a challenge from Dubai Centre (Michael Heagney, $18) to win by a half neck with over four lengths to the third placed Petain (Jake Barrett, $19). Making it two wins from the last three starts, the Clint Lundholm, Dubbo-trained Beauchamp (Jake Pracey-Holmes, $4.80) shook off joint leader Proud Mia at the top of the straight then gamely held off Billabong Isle (Ashley Morgan, $4.40 favourite) and Shores Of Avalon (Ronald Simpson, $4.80) in the 1000 metres Hahn Superdry 3.5 Showcase Open Handicap. Beauchamp is now being aimed at the $35,000 Coonamble Cann-onball and is likely to then be placed on the open market.
Possibly So (Tony Cavallo, $6) continued a run of success for the Andrew Ryan stable at Bathurst when charging home from well back to win the 1300 metres Ray White Rural Maiden Plate by two lengths from All Things Great (Clayton Gallagher, $8.50) and Taborca (Brooke Stower, $3.60 fav.).