This is Brisbane based trainer Desleigh Foster - yes that's right - Foster. Well that's what the surname is according to those down south who obviously struggled with "word recognition" following Adebesi's Sydney win on Saturday. I just shake my head. Anyway Desleigh Forster did a top job to win the last race at both Doomben and Warwick Farm last Saturday and hence she gets the coveted lead gig here. Today you can exclusively read here about how Desleigh Forster's horse I'm Cool winning the final race at Doomben last Saturday saved Lindsay Gallagher from a big payout.
With this week being Christmas week – and with this consequently being the last story that will go up prior to Christmas Day, Justracing and all those associated with the four racing websites that have daily content Monday to Friday inclusive would like to take this opportunity to wish all website visitors a Merry Christmas for tomorrow. Whilst the four websites won’t have any new stories going up tomorrow, each will have stories going up on Boxing Day. The feature story for the week will be how Queensland’s only Statewide newspaper, The Courier Mail, wasted numerous pages last week in what was about the most stupid article that I’ve read anywhere all year, so naturally I wouldn’t do myself justice if I walked away from it publicly, so I’ll put my thoughts up on it on either Wednesday or Thursday.
Today on www.brisbaneracing.com.au there’s the first of two montages of photos from racing at Doomben last Saturday. On www.sydneyracing.com.au David Clarkson has written five terrific articles that review 2012 in racing and the first of those has gone up today and the next one will go up on Boxing Day, whilst on www.melbourneracing.com.au there’s the story about the Norwegian trotter coming to Australia as a pay-back for what Aussie champion Knight Pistol did back in 1997, plus Denis Smith notes the unbeaten Majestic Mach is following Brian Hancock’s tried and proven formula to Grand Circuit success and Inter Dominion glory.
From the Doomben betting ring last Saturday, leading rails bookmaker Lindsay Gallagher reported:
Race 1 – Noisy Ocean $8.50, Endless Shadow $2.25 and Purfectress $11.00
Gold Coast gelding Noisy Ocean won the opening race at Doomben and the gelding attracted the attention of some punters at $8.50.
There was money for opening favourite Endless Shadow on the phones.
Leica Bita Lippy was specked during betting and I laid a large bet on the Toowoomba trained O’Grady at long odds.
It was a race you could have won or lost on.
Race 2 – Kentaur $7.00, Mishani Stealth $2.80 and Red Face $19.00
The win by Kentaur provided a nasty result for me personally as the biggest single bet I laid on him was one of $4,000.
There was money about for Mishani Stealth who ran second, so he’d have been no good either, but he would have been preferable to the winner.
Veralini was specked on the phones.
There was no money about for Excellent Al and there won’t be any about for him for a while as he’s going for a spell.
Race 3 – Flying Home $15.00, Dolly Dolly $5.00 and Anagold $3.80
This winner Flying Home was specked in the ring with cash money at $18 to run at $15.
Runner-up Dolly Dolly was well backed and the biggest single bet I laid on the Pentire mare was one of $4,000.
Third placed Anagold met with support during betting but couldn’t make it three wins in a row.
Dodging Eddie was always solid in the betting.
The leader and equal topweight Borehole attracted a $1,000 bet during proceedings.
It was a race you could have won or lost on.
Race 4 – Mishani Gladiator $17.00, Greytfilly $2.50 and Real Surreal $4.20
This winner Mishani Gladiator was specked in the ring.
Opening favourite Greytfilly was well backed during betting and I laid a couple of $2,000 bets on her at $2.50.
There was no money about for debut winner Real Surreal and she was out to $4.80 at the jump.
Topweight Craiglea Cruz was the first horse backed and firmed up dramatically from $13 into $7. He showed a bit of speed but then got run over late.
There was no money around for first starter Tornado Miss. I was out to $7 her at the finish and she was unlayable.
I laid a large bet on Shantung Boxer at $8.
Strangely for a 2YO race in Brisbane at this time of the year, they did back a few in this race but the winner was backed, which made it hard to finish in front on the race.
Race 5 – Delago Pilli $5.50, Cyclone Billy $13.00 and Calculation $13.00
Caloundra trained Delago Pilli got out to $5.50 at the finish and whilst there was no big money for him he was layable at that quote for cash money.
Cyclone Billy was specked on the phones at big odds going for four wins in a row and ran a good race.
Thirsty For Blood was hard to lay and I was $7.50 about the mare at the finish.
There was no money about for Whitesails and she was out to $5 at the jump.
It wasn’t a big betting race and there was no damage done when the 9/2 chance got home.
Race 6 – Delago Bolt $5.50, Gundy Son $7.00 and G’Day Old Mate $4.60
The easy win by Delago Bolt gave bookmakers a good result as G’Day Old Mate was well backed with the single biggest bet I laid on him being one of $3,000 at $4.40.
There was also good money for the topweight Azzaland on the phones early in betting but that money dried up at the finish and he was back out to $4.20 when they jumped.
Signified was specked during betting.
Gold Coast trained Thefifthhole got out to $4.60 at the finish and there was no money about for him on the day.
Race 7 – Audacious Spirit $4.40, Morning Captain $4.40 and Phelan Ready $3.10
This winner Audacious Spririt was just specked at $4.60 to run at $4.40 but there was no big money about for him.
Runner-up Morning Captain was well backed and the biggest single bet that I laid on him was one of $3,000.
Phelan Ready was hard to lay and eased during betting but the stablemate of the winner Audacious Spirit – Startsmeup – attracted cash support even though he drifted during betting.
There was money about also for Celtic Dancer, so again they backed a few in this race but it was a winning race when Audacious Spirit got home by half-a-neck.
Race 8 – I’m Cool $2.25, Longshoreman $8.00 and Around The World $16.00
This winner I’m Cool started at $2.30 and there was cash money for him during betting but the best backed runner in the race was clearly Longshoreman which attracted good support even though he officially drifted in betting. The biggest single bet I laid on him was one of $3,000 each way at $8, so he’d have been actually worse in my book than the winner.
There was money about for Solebid during betting but he got back out to $6.50 at the finish with money about for I’m Cool and Longshoreman.
There was money about for Spinhro at $8 but he was trapped off the track throughout.
So they backed a few in the last race and overall on the day there was nothing in it.
Lindsay will be fielding at Eagle Farm on Wednesday before he heads to Ipswich on Friday then he’s back at Doomben next Saturday and the Sunshine Coast on Sunday.
Don’t forget if you would like to visit Lindsay on the web you can do that by going to www.thevipclub.com.au.