CALL me Ishmael is in the opening sentence in Moby Dick, three short words that has introduced generations of readers on an epic journey.
At the weekend a William Melvin-trained Call Me Ishmael started the day with style of the serious punters, causal race goers and those at Thabeban Park who wanted to get dressed up for an afternoon at Thabeban Park with a win in the Maiden Plate (1090m).
The four-year-old bay gelding by Tale Of The Cat out of Royal Celebrity, Call Me Ishmael might have a similar tale of travel and adventure as its namesake after the racing days are over.
Purchased at the New Zealand Bloodstock (NZB) yearling sale in 2011 for $100,000 Call Me Ishmael had three races in New South Wales at Gosford, Newcastle and Canterbury trained by Anthony Cummings before moving to Bundaberg.
Kelly Gates guided Call Me Ishmael to a 1.3 length win over favourite Ten To Life ($2.50) and Galaxy Quest ($8.00) took Call Me Ishmael's earnings to $5425, a long way to go to turn a profit from the initial investment.
Melvin's other cheque earner for the day was Notabitofwhite ($5.00) in the Class B (1212m), Notabitofwhite beat Be Radical ($12.00) and El Loco ($8.00) in a time of 1:14.61.
Barry Gill's Unique Fuse ($1.70) took out the day's premier race, the Ulton Cup (1380m), with a commanding 7.8 length win over French Command ($3.20) and Sweet Little Filly ($2.80).
Unique Fuse's win takes its career earnings to $86,950 from 47 starts with a record of 17-3-4. The next meeting for the Bundaberg Race Club is on November 4 with the Melbourne Cup Day carnival.
1. - MAIDEN, 1090m: CALL ME ISHMAEL (K Gates, 4.60) 1, Ten To Life (T Williams, 2.50) 2, Galaxy Quest (N Summers, 8.00) 3. Then followed, Azahara, Monte Cervino, Missing At War, Gems Bell. Won by 1.3 lens, 3.8 lens. Time 1:03.25.
2. - BENCHMARK 65, 1090m: BASE JUMP (S Bayliss, 3.50) 1, Rodrigeuz (I Coombes, 3.40) 2, I Get Excited (C Kearney, 2.60) 3. Then followed, French Command, You'll Have To, Superb Effort, Minto's Dream. Won by 4.5 lens, 5.5 lens. Time 1:03.49.
3. - CLASS B, 1212m: NOTABITOFWHITE (B Derbyshire, 5.00) 1, Be Radical (T Williams, 12.00) 2, El Loco (I Coombes, 8.00) 3. Then followed, Glenrock Max, Lotus Eater, Redwin, Platinum Peaks, Incoming Call, Waverley Heights, Cuba Libre. Won by 0.8 lens, 3.3 lens. Time 1:14.61.
4. - OPEN, 1380m: UNIQUE FUSE (T Williams, 1.70) 1, French Command (P Romero, 3.20) 2, Sweet Little Filly (J Hoopert, 2.80) 3. Then followed, Prospector Bob. Won by 7.8 lens, 13.6 lens. Time 1:22.33.
5. - BENCHMARK 60, 1380m: ZINDABLAKE (S Bayliss, 5.00) 1, Way Up There (J Hoopert, 3.20) 2, Lotus Eater (P Romero, 9.00) 3. The followed, Tallahatchie, Zip Zip Girl, Klubbitt, Lady's Command, Daily Planet. Won by 8.8 lens, 10.8 lens. Time 1:22.01.