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Local Win in Lightning Thriller
Wulguru trainer Gary “Muttaburra” Dickson gave high praise to Caloundra jockey Nathan Thomas after he lifted Temple Run to a nose win in Friday's Global Welding Supplies Lightning Hcp (1000m) at Cluden Park.
In a desperate finish Temple Run survived a late surge from El Shaday to win by a nose with a brave Aspen Lad a short neck away in third.
“I thought he got beaten. I turned and congratulated Andrew Cameron (El Shaday’s trainer) and then when we got to the saddling enclose he shook my hand and said no you won alright,” Dickson said.
“He’s a good horse who just won’t lie down.
“Nathan is a very nice fella and he was really good on him.”
The win was the second leg a winning double for Thomas who won the previous race on the Graham Hughes-trained Wanna Tweat.
A regular on the northern racing circuit, Thomas has now ridden Temple Run in three straight wins and predicts more wins to come.
“He was only a class three horse a couple of runs ago and now he’s won two opens. He’s a nice horse and he’ll win better races,” Thomas said.
“Getting the double was a great result. I seem to ride a winner every time I come up here.
“The more winners you ride the more they want you.”
Following the Lightning, Rockhampton trainer Graeme Green and jockey Chris Whiteley combined to win the inaugural $50,000 Belle of the Burdekin (1400m) with bold front runner Taraki.
Under 62kg, the mare led throughout and fended off a late run from El Of A Saga to win by a long neck with Let’s Go Bobby a nose away third.
Whiteley made it a winning double with a nose win on the Peter Fleming-trained Ollie’s Stand after a two horse battle down the Cluden straight with stablemate Palate.
Townsville based Wanderson D’Avila also landed a double, winning on Winning Saga in the Global Welding Supplies 3yo Mdn (1000m) and Rothman in the Foamed Bottle Co. Class 6 1200m).
Bowen trainer Andrew Cameron who went so close in the Lightning with El Shaday landed a winner earlier on the program with Boom Gate in the Hygain B55 Hcp (1609m).
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