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By Phil Purser
Photos Dan Costello - captions Phil Purser - Albion Park photos Ross Stevenson Racing

Gold Coast jockey Matthew Palmer gave the thumbs up to the Justracing camera after winning Race 6 at Eagle Farm last Saturday aboard Tierqualo. Tierqualo had only won one race since 17/4/10 and that was in a photo at Rosehill on 15/1/11, so Matthew won't get a sore arm if he does this everytime Tierqualo wins.

Trainer Kelly Doughty (far left) was pictured next to her former jockey husband Gary, one happy strapper, one happy jockey and two happy part-owners, after the win of Tierqualo as the $3.30 favourite last Saturday afternoon. The victory was win number six in a 19 start career for Tierqualo and took his prizemoney earnings to $280,300.

Paul Hammersley was happy to be the first Queensland jockey to win a race aboard the enigmatic Victorian Work The Room. Whether the horse has another Brisbane win in him remains to be seen.

There's certainly nothing wrong with the look of the head of Work The Room - as this photo can attest to - but it's good to know that he's at least been gelded, so the girls won't be fighting over the half brother to Zipping.

After yesterday's photos, there were email requests from Russian women wanting a close up of Gary Geran, so as we are merely servants of the people, here we are girls - eat your heart out. Gary Geran has certainly shown up some of the "champion" Brisbane jockeys with his raids in town the last couple of Saturdays, as he's had three winners - Inventory, Tea Tattle and Chandra - from four rides.

Toowoomba based jockey Ronnie Goltz was excited to steer Taisun home - and thus give Toowoomba based trainer Sandy Watkins (also pictured) her first metropolitan winner. Sandy was the right hand person for the late Jim Atkins and I have a one off photo that I took of her one day in Brisbane which I shall share with you.

One day in town, not long before Jim Atkins passed away, I asked Sandy how his health was and she said "not well" - so for her courtesies displayed I just happened to take her photo with this horse - Oscar The Great - which history proved would be Jim's last city runner before he passed away. Upon Jim's passing, Oscar The Great then went to Richie Stephenson.

Apprentice Patrick Keane was photographed after he had ridden a winning treble at Caloundra last Sunday. Patrick won on Scar Tissue (Race 2), Warrior Girl (Race 3) and Little White Horse (Race 7).K-Tel would let you win a free set of steak knives for working out which one of his three winners this is. Looks like Tierqualo from the day before with that headgear.

Apprentice Mitchell Wood celebrated his return to race riding with a win in the last race at Caloundra last Sunday aboard the Len Treloar trained Taira - a 4/1 chance. Mitchell - who they named a Queensland town west of Dalby after - was photographed here with Len Treloar.

Blacks A Fake bows to the crowd one last time at Albion Park before he raced in the Winter Cup last Saturday night.

This is a close up shot of some of the crowd watching intently as Blacks A Fake and Natalie Rasmussen parade for the Winter Cup. To Natalie's right in the blue colours is trainer/driver John McCarthy with Washakie who eventually ran unplaced. No one knew it was to be the horse's last start, or there would have been a lot bigger crowd. (PHOTO ROSS STEVENSON RACING)

Blacks A Fake was pictured airborne when warming up for his Winter Cup assignment last Saturday night. Seven nights earlier he had won the Sunshine Sprint. (PHOTO ROSS STEVENSON RACING)

As the horses approach the finish line in the Winter Cup, Blacks A Fake (purple) is in front but Michael Langdon is getting up underneath the champion pacer with 25/1 chance Georgetown. (PHOTO ROSS STEVENSON RACING)

On the line in the Winter Cup Blacks A Fake (number 3) has to be content with second as Georgetown races on by to win by an ever widening 4.75 metres. Courage To Rule and Tony Herlihy ran third at odds of $29.60 a further neck away. (PHOTO ROSS STEVENSON RACING)

Blacks A Fake's part-owner Trevor Titcombe and his wife Lesley have always been wonderful people to my websites, so I would like to thank them publicly for their support over the time that Blacks A Fake has been racing. This was the affable couple at the 2010 Racing Queensland Harness Awards night.

Also a big thanks goes out to this man - Ross Stevenson - for kindly furnishing this website with photography from Albion Park last Saturday night in respect of Blacks A Fake's last start. This was Ross in a Fashion On The Fields competition, which he didn't win, but he at least kept the opposition honest. I think if he'd have worn dark rimmed glasses - so as to have "the Clark Kent look" - that would have helped. Food for thought.

I was able to find this photo back in my files of a flying fox strung up and dead in a fence at the Mitchell racecourse the last time my besotted bride and I were in town a few years ago. Pity more flying foxes didn't fly into fences - that would help out the Hendra virus situation.

This is a file photo of the Mitchell racetrack home straight. Mitchell was named after a) Mitchell Wood, b) Mitchell Speers or c) explorer Sir Thomas MItchell. The answer is below.







The answer is a) Mitchell Wood. The schools don't want kids growing up to follow gambling entities like racing - so they tell them it's the explorer bloke.

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