Trainer Geoff Allen proved to be a good judge concerning last night’s group 3 Lounds Fresh Seafoods Townsville Cup final.
The Tamborine Mountain based trainer had Hanson Senor drawn box one for the $25,000 to the winner feature. As the winner of the Flying Amy Classic and a Young Guns final at Albion Park, Hanson Senor had the class to beat his opposition. But Allen was mindful that top trainer Ron Ball had half the field – four runners – in the Cup.
Allen nominated Rando’s Rocket from the Ball kennel as the toughest for Hanson Senor to beat.
Hanson Senor began with the field and held the rails in the short dash to the first turn from the 498 metres start. Rando’s Rocket copped a slight check at that point but still balanced up into second placing for the run along the back stretch. Try as he may, Rando’s Rocket couldn’t peg back Hanson Senor who went on strongly to score by a widening margin of one and three quarter lengths in 28.89 seconds.
The son of Give Me Five and Hanson Charm (pictured winning at Albion Park) won his Cup heat the previous week in 28.75.
Herman John for Glen Olsen claimed third prize ahead of another local, Georgee Go Wing for Robert Olsen.
Geoff Allen didn’t make the trip to Townsville, entrusting the care of Hanson Senor to locally based Pat Ryan and his family, of Wine Glass fame.
The Townsville Cup Consolation stayed local when long priced Red Colorado for Robert Lound scored at odds of $37.90. The dog ran 29.16, leading all the way to beat the favourite Here’s To You by half a length.
Curly Mac continued his excellent form over 380 metres by winning the North Queensland Sprint Championship in 21.80 for John McNamara from Proserpine. Curly Mac broke the track record running 21.66 the previous week in a heat.
. The time honoured Judge Bros Maiden final went to Mingela Flash for Robert Olsen.
Story by Paul Dolan, photo by Corey Pearce.