Gardiner chases history
RACING: Bundaberg's Darryl Gardiner will be chasing a little bit of history today in the final race meet of the year in the Rum City.
The Men Of League Race Day will see five races completed at Thabeban Park with Gardiner looking to dominate in the Brothers Sports Club open handicap (1090m).
Gardiner has four of the five entries entered into the race with Jeb's Boy, Mah Baker, Al's Briefs and All Host involved.
If Gardiner claims the top three positions it will repeat what the local trainer did in the last meet on Melbourne Cup.
Mah Baker will be looking for back-to-back wins after claiming the Rum City Foods open handicap (1090m) that day.
Gardiner also has a chance for top three honours in the Men Of League Kick Off Club benchmark (850m) with Overload, Lease of Life and Crimson Star involved.
Overload will be looking for back-to-back wins as well after claiming the Craft Rental and Hardware Class B handicap (1212m) on Melbourne Cup day.
Looking to outshine Gardiner at home will be fellow trainer Mary Hassam.
Hassam has two horses in the North Bundaberg Fencing Supplies maiden plate (1090m) with Changeinthevalley and Daunting Queen involved.
"Daunting Queens is a real chance and both should do well,” she said.
"A win would be perfect heading into the Christmas break.”
Hassam said also look out for Pearl's Lad in the Men of League Foundation Class B handicap (1212m) before revealing it could be the final race for her other horse in the field Come By Often.
The gelding has won nine times including two races in Bundaberg.
He will race in the Ascot Homes benchmark 60 handicap (1380m).
"He's an old fella now,” Hassam said.
"He's getting near the end of his preparation.”
Hassam hopes he can go out a winner.
It will be a similar feeling for Tony Hess who admitted this could be the last race for Bloomerang as well in the Men of League Foundation Class B handicap (1212m).
Hess said he's an honest racer but would like to see something from him in the race.
All the action from today's racing will start at 1.30pm with gates opening at 11am.