Provenzano's best yet
DESPITE only being in the hands of its Bundaberg owners for six months, former Australian Captial Territory flyer Provenzano is building a record to keep any owner happy for a lifetime.
The sleek horse was picked up by the four-person Bundaberg syndicate of Tracy White, Warren Hitzke, Bill Young and Michael Loader earlier this year.
It's surging win in the $23,500 Rocky Amateurs Bracelet 1200m, capped off a brilliant stint at Yeppoon's Keppel Park track in the last few months.
The Darryl Gardiner-trained horse has raced five times for three wins and a third place, a track record that had part-time owner Michael Loader licking his lips before last weekend's race.
“I think the horse just knows the track, it knows the travel, it's a hard-working horse and it's good to see it get rewards,” Loader said.
Provenzano flew home to nab Let It Hail for the $23,500 win.
Less than two lengths covered the first five horses home in the Bracelet, with Sequestrate, King Hunter and Proscenium Arch finishing close behind the quinella horses.
Ridden by local jockey Chris McIvor, the Bracelet was Provenzano's biggest success, given it was racing quality horses from Sydney and Melbourne.
McIvor, one of Queensland's top apprentices, has now earned an invite to Perth's Apprentice Cup and Challenge - an illustrious honour reserved for only the best in the country.
“He's a top little apprentice, there aren't many good ones around, but he is quite good,” Loader said.
“But a lot of credit must go to (trainer) Darryl Gardiner.”
Bundaberg trainer Tony Hess once again went dining out at the expense of Yeppoon bookmakers, carving-up the Class 4 (1300m) field with Lunch In The Sun ($4.60 favourite).
Fellow Bundaberg trainer Bill Melvin's High Dee also picked up the spoils in the Class 2 1100m, endorsing the long-held theory that Keppel Park is home of the axiom “horses for courses”, considering it was one of a trio that previously won there on September 14.
Provenzano will regroup for a crack at Eagle Farm or Corbould Park tracks in the coming months, according to Loader.