Sport

Simple Love fall casts shadow on Ulmarra Chip-In Cup day

THERE could hardly have been a more appropriately named horse to have won the Ulmarra Chip-In Cup at Grafton racecourse on Saturday.

Half Sober, trained by John McLachlan at Inverell, powered to the line under apprentice Codey Hodges to claim his second win and sum up the spirit of the crowd in the last race of an eventful afternoon.

Earlier, spirits were dampened by a bad race fall which left jockey Allan Chau and his mount Simple Love lying motionless on the track.

The horse cantered on after eventually freeing itself from the running rail while Chau was transported to hospital by ambulance with a fractured C2 vertebra.

Local concern was obvious but only minutes later the crowd turned its attention to every television on course to cheer as Australia's greatest sprinter Black Caviar made a triumphant return to the track with a record-breaking win in the Lightning Stakes at Flemington.

With continuing drizzle at Grafton, many patrons were confined to the bar areas and enjoyed the touch of irony as Half Sober struck the line to claim the feature event of the day.

"This is only his second win but the way he's coming along this preparation there might be a few more in him," McLachlan said.

"His maiden win at Inverell was probably his best win to date as it was in a local feature race and he blitzed them by almost four lengths.

"But to win this race is a great thrill and if he keeps going the way he's going he might be able to win something better down the track too."

Half Sober scored a three-quarter length win over Three Lucky Eights and Albizia to claim the 1400m class one.

Jockey Matthew Paget started the afternoon with a winning double after expertly guiding Geecup to victory in the opening event, and Kingston Time to a win in the third race.

Two further placings ensured the popular local hoop claimed riding honours on the day.

The mood in the jockey's room after Chau crashed to the turf in race four was sombre, with many thanking their luck for avoiding the carnage.

"It was a sobering reminder of the risk you take every day," Paget said.

Topics:  fall, horse racing



Defiant Gulaptis dumped after speaking out on greyhound ban

Chris Gulaptis  Photo Contributed

Gulaptis dumped for speaking out on greyhounds

Latest deals and offers

Kanye West gets 'free reign' at VMAs

Kanye West has been let off the leash for the VMAs

Robbie Williams sings at manager's funeral

Robbie Williams and Lamar sang at the funeral of their manager

Twice as much Troy will please country music lovers

CATCH HIM WHILE YOU CAN: Singer Troy Cassar-Daley plans to take some time off to spend with family next year.

TROY Cassar-Daley is releasing a new album and book.

Courtney Stodden gets Reborn Doll

Courtney Stodden is trying to get over her recent miscarriage

Kate McKinnon 'destitute' before SNL

Kate McKinnon says she can't do anything but act

FBI investigating Leslie Jones website hack

The FBI are investigating Leslie Jones' personal website hack

REVEALED: Pat Rafter's $18m Coast house on the market

Check out the photos of the Coast's most expensive property for sale

The "correction we had to have" in Gladstone's rentals

UPWARD MARCH: The rental vacancy rate in Gladstone has improved for the first time in more than a year, providing a confidence boost in the market.

Vacancy rates improve with signs that things are getting betterF

ISLAND FOR SALE: Cheap Fraser Coast island drops price again

Suna Island in the Great Sandy Strait will be auctioned by Ray White Hervey Bay on Saturday morning.

This is the cheapest island you will find for sale in Australia

How a family home can fit on a 250sq m block

This is what you can build on 250m2.

Here's the floor plan of a home built on 250sq m

Investors eye Gladstone's $4m island with resort approval

UP FOR SALE: Turtle Island is on the market.

CHINESE and Sydney investors flag interest in Gladstone island.

Take a sneak peek at this $19m Whitsunday mansion

Mandalay House features a private helipad.

Mandalay is currently on the market with an asking price of $19m