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By Phil Purser
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Toowoomba jockey Nozi Tomizawa was photographed at Eagle Farm last Saturday with his number one fan, regular racegoer - Greg Blanchard - after Nozi had been involved in a rails hugging ride aboard the Kevin Kemp, Toowoomba trained galloper Kempelly.

Apprentice Sam Payne is pictured returning to the enclosure last Saturday aboard Eagle Farm Race 5 winner - the Stewart Mackinnon trained My Quilter.

Sam can ride at 50kgs which is a big asset, as it means he can claim the full 3kgs allowance on all horses weighted on the limit, which is often most of the field in Brisbane Saturday races.


Sunshine Coast based trainer Stewart Mackinnon discusses the win of his Pins gelding - My Quilter - with winning apprentice Sam Payne after they had combined to defeat French Lesson and Big Decision in Race 5 at Eagle Farm last Saturday.

Toowoomba jockey Nozi Tomizawa hits the winning post first in Race 6 at Eagle Farm last Saturday aboard Kempelly and straight away looks across to make sure that the Justracing camera has him firmly in its sights.

Well done Nozi - Dan had you lined up - lucky you didn't do anything too dramatic with those hands, or that would cost you a couple of hundred bucks.

Notice how Kempelly's eyes are closed. He's clearly dozed off in the run. "Hey wake up Dopey".


Toowoomba trainer Kevin Kemp looks very pleased with the win of Kempelly in taking out Race 6 on the Eagle Farm programme last Saturday.

I'll take even money that the next stop was the bar.

Unfortunately for Kevin he didn't see the angry punter behind him lining the scud missile up at his head - as per the bloke you can see in the background.

Kevin will be best remembered for winning three Weetwood Handicaps in his home town of Toowoomba, firstly in 2001 with Startell, then with Tellem in 2005 and 2007. A local bloke, who is unfortunately no longer in our midst - the late Stathi Katsidis - rode all three Weetwood winners for Kevin.

It's hard to believe but Kevin used to be a "50-kilo bundle of joy" (jockey) and used to share a flat with another kid who is a jockey in Toowoomba - Ronnie Goltz. Good grief - what a quinella that would be.

Jockey Brad Stewart gets home in Race 7 at Eagle Farm last Saturday aboard the Les Ross trained Mishani Warrior.

They are a good combination, as they'd also won the start before.

Winning jockey Brad Stewart aboard Race 7 winner Mishani Warrior is returned to scale by Clerk of the Course - Rickie Leisfield.

As you can see Mishani Warrior is very wary of Dan Costello - and rightly so - he's obviously a smart horse.


Owner of Eagle Farm Race 7 winner, Mishani Warrior, Mike Crooks was photographed with his wife after the win last Saturday, while they waited at the winner's stall for their Show A Heart gelding to return.

The star of the show in the last race at Eagle Farm last Saturday judging by the colours was jockey Glen Colless, who steered Londehero to victory over In The Sky Rocket to his inside ridden by apprentice Geoff Goold, with Hit The Road Jack in the blue and red cap in third place for jockey Jim Byrne.

I reckon that horse Hit The Road Jack is about 10/1 on - and firming - to get a gig in the "What's In A Name" segment the first time he puts in a shocker in Brisbane on a Saturday. I can think of some good ones for him.

A smiling Tegan Stuart was photographed at Eagle Farm last Saturday with last race winner Londehero.

Now if Londehero would have had his ears pricked, that would have made this a lead photo for sure, but he's obviously shy and that's fair enough - so am I.

Talking about Kevin Kemp earlier in this montage, he had Plumage in Race 2 at Eagle Farm last Saturday - and that's Plummage jumping from barrier 8, courtesy of Sky Channel.

As per this photo, Plumage didn't miss the start by as much as some people would think.

Check out the huge price variations (rip-offs) taking place at supermarkets if shoppers don't check.

Here are this week's specials publications that gets shoved in our letterbox. As you can see, the exact same brand and size at IGA (on the left of picture) is $9.99 and Coles is advertised at $14, meaning IGA is an amazing $4 cheaper.

Coles are supposed to be keeping prices down - according to that finger sign and their television advertisements - but that's not happening on this product.

I had to collapse on the ground and do Louie The Fly impersonations the other day when this story appeared in the local Ipswich newspaper - The Queensland Times.

How could everyone forget where the time capsule was buried? Hello.

The tiny hamlet of Tallegalla is best known in racing circles as being home to some of the Spelleken family in harness racing - and some of their pacers even had the word "Tallegalla" in them.

Did you know there's a "Winners Circle Bar" at Albion Park? I've been going there on an off for 45 years and I only noticed the sign still there a few Sundays ago when the Australian Pacing Gold sale was on - so here's a photo of it.

It mustn't have been used for yonks - which is all so sad.

Talking about funny newspaper articles - this one came out of The Courier Mail recently.

It's self explanatory - and it serves as another reason to only buy milk in plastic cartons, just in case someone in the house has a glass fetish.

It's also a reminder to us all never to get involved in a game of "Spin The Bottle" unless you unequivocally know where the bottle has been during its entire life.

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