Boxer lands winning blow
RACING: Bundaberg trainer Tony Hess thinks he may have uncovered a new sand star.
In the first race meet for the year at Thabeban Park, Hess stole the show at The Waves Subs Club Beach Party race day with his gelding Boxer.
Making his racing debut at Bundaberg, Hess won The Waves Sports Club ATW Netball Maiden Plate (1090m) in dominant fashion, beating home the Michael Jokic-trained Jonovia won by 9.5 lengths.
A surprised Hess labelled it a brilliant debut.
"You never know what they will do from their first start,” he said.
"It was a bit surprising his performance and he could be a sand scratcher.”
Boxer was Hess' only winner on the day with Celtic Spell coming up short in race three and Cold Blooded missing out in the final event on the card.
Celtic Spell and Cold Blooded had started favourites but Hess admitted both were always going to find it tough.
"Both had 60 kilos and a lot of weight,” he said.
"They also couldn't come from behind because it was a hot day.”
Fellow Bundaberg trainer Mary Hassam enjoyed success with Shockwave claiming the Tradelink ATW Eagles Benchmark 55 Handicap (1212m).
Shockwave raced home to win by 1.5 lengths to register his second consecutive win at the Bundaberg track.
Hassam said much of the credit had to go to jockey Cecily Eaton.
"The jockey rode perfectly and executed the plan well,” she said.
"It was a very good win.”
Hassam also scored a third in race three with Buck the System while Our Happy Rain finished third in the second.
Hassam said she would target a meet outside of the region in the coming fortnight as she prepares for the next meet in Bundaberg in March.
In other results, the Mat Reardon-trained Tropical Heatwave won the Waves Tigers Senior Rugby League Benchmark 60 Handicap (850m) by a short head with the Kylie Green-prepared Jammo Jack winning the Waves Falcons Rugby Union Class B Handicap (1090m) by 2.5 lengths.
Bundaberg trainer Darryl Gardiner's unbeaten run with Al's Briefs ended as the Bob Murray-trained James is Blonde took out the Stansure Strata ATW Cricket Open Handicap (1090m) by a short head.