Twogundan on top
HORSE racing is not excluded from the ups and downs in form, as with any sport, and the fluctuating fortunes it brings. But Darryl Gardiner and Twogundan are sitting at the top of the spectrum.
On Wednesday, the pair added to its record with a win in the Calliope Gold Cup Open Handicap (1072m).
The narrow win ahead of Vintage Flint and Monching made it two wins from the past five starts; along with two seconds and a third.
Gardiner said the excellent recent run of placings could have been a little better, if luck had gone the pair's way. He said while the win at Calliope on Boxing Day wasn't expected, it was welcome.
"Some of his races, (Twogundan) had been a little bit unlucky and a bit of a victim but he came through," Gardiner said.
"The very hard track at Calliope didn't suit him at all and he ran better than we thought.
"He got snookered in on the fence and had to come home wide, so it was a great win."
Despite the win to Gardiner and Twogundan, the meeting at Calliope was a day for women - all the jockeys across the four-race card, were women.
Capping off the day for the women, Murgon trainer Norma King won the cash prize for being the leading trainer of the day.