The Hand, ridden by Lyall Appo scores an impressive win in the Ulton Cup at Thabeban Park on Saturday.
The Hand, ridden by Lyall Appo scores an impressive win in the Ulton Cup at Thabeban Park on Saturday. Max Fleet

The Hand holds all aces

CHINCHILLA gelding The Hand may be getting a bit long in the tooth, but made it clear any talk of being put to pasture is premature.

The 10-year-old stayer galloped home to a thrilling victory in the Ulton Cup on Saturday.

The Hand cut across sharply from the outside alley to take an early lead.

Cane Champagne was 2¾ lengths away second with High Dee a further three lengths back third.

Chinchilla trainer Mark Goodwin took on the stylish grey in April after it had been sidelined keeping the grass down in a Wandoan paddock for a year.

“I liked the look of him, but when I found out he was 10 years old, well, I wasn't so sure,” Goodwin said.

To Goodwin's surprise, The Hand has made an easy transition back to the race track amassing two wins, two seconds and three thirds from his past seven starts.

“He's hardly missed a beat since we got him back up and running,” Goodwin said.

“He's chomping at the bit to race and he keeps picking up cheques for us.”

The energetic horse has been a favourite at Goodwin's Chinchilla property showing off for visitors.

“The horse never sits idle, not for a single minute,” he said.

“You let him out in a paddock and he'll bolt along the fence.”

The Hand will have a week off before tackling the Gympie Open Handicap this Saturday.

And Goodwin is confident the old timer will be able to deliver.

“He might be getting on a bit, but he's running like a three-year-old – he's got a good few more left in him yet,” he said.

Flying the flag for Bundaberg at the Ulton Race Day were trainers Darryl Gardiner and Ron Bartholt.

Gardiner's We Will Rock won the Maiden Plate beating Rockin' Me by four lengths with First Place a long neck back third.

Bartholdt's Ewey Bay was too good in the Class 3 Handicap finishing ahead of Mr Nibbles and Tiggeroo.



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