Sam wins Young Guns
GLASSHOUSE Mountains trainer Elizabeth Griffin took out her second straight Bundaberg feature race when Carlinford Sam blitzed his rivals in the rich Young Guns final on Saturday.
After she had triumphed with Carlinford Frost in the Anniversary Cup final a fortnight earlier, favourite Carlinford Sam ($2.00) shot down his rivals to collect the $2500 winner’s cheque.
The big black dog crossed the line 5¼ -lengths in advance of Ledaro Cleo ($7) with Surf My Tears ($5) a further three-quarters of a length away in third position.
After collecting $3405 from his first 42 starts, it was a big payday for the dog’s owners as he took his record at Bundaberg to five wins and four thirds from 11 starts.
Surf My Tears’ trainer Chris Riordan, of Bribie Island, was a surprise winner of the following event, the Best Eight, with Convincing Talk.
Can Acker Run, which was chasing seven wins from his past nine starts, was all the rage in the betting, but he struck trouble and finished fourth of the five starters.
But all honours belonged to Convincing Talk, who was a distant fourth behind him a week earlier but really put his best paw forward to outgun the consistent Ledaro Midge, which like Ledaro Cleo, is trained in Gin Gin by Ron Brook.
The winner’s record at the Park is very good, now standing at seven wins and two thirds from 11 appearances.
It was also a great afternoon for Bundaberg trainer Paul Burgess, snaring a winning treble with Velocity Link (Fifth Grade), Great Alexa (Maiden and Fifth Grade) and Smart Force (Fourth Grade).
Velocity Link ($4) returned to winning form in fine style, outgunning Darlington Girl ($6.50) by half a length.
The consistent Great Alexa ($2.50) was a deserved winner, scoring a three-length victory over Ralph’s a Rascal to make it four wins, three seconds and two thirds from 11 starts.
Smart Force ($4) completed back-to-back wins, but her success was a bit of a surprise as Burgess had two better-credentialed runners in the event, Tizz Any Good and Court Five, but the former trailed the field home while the latter was only fifth.
The treble made up for the disappointment of his hot favourite Lotsa Latte, which finished second on track debut a week earlier, at the tail of the three-dog field behind Craig’s Memory in the Maiden.
Craig’s Memory comes from the Beerwah kennels of Errol Kleinhans.
Another Bundaberg mentor, Allen Martin saluted the judge with the well-backed Missie Linder, which recorded just her second win from 31 starts in the Novice.