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



Gig Guide: What's on around town

Former The Voice contestant Dallas James will play the Currumbin RSL on Saturday.

Gig guide: January 19-22, 2017

MPs say farewell to Baird

NSW Premier Mike Baird announced his resignation in Sydney today.

Provest expects more change at the top

Local Partners

Ocean Sleeper discuss being 'Six Feet Down'.

Ocean Sleeper make waves with their new EP. Photo Contributed

Gippsland band shines at Unify

Bowie's final music EP No Plan released

NEW: Artwork for David Bowie's posthumous 2016 EP, No Plan.

David Bowie's 28th and final album

Married At First Sight: Ipswich bachelor seeks love

READY FOR IT: Ipswich man Simon McQuillan will appear on the upcoming new season of Married At First Sight.

Romance would top off recovery for Booval man

Dinky-di Denyer: Family Feud favourite hosts Oz Day party

Grant Denyer will host Channel 10's Australia Day concert from the Sydney Opera House.

GRANT Denyer shares his Australia Day traditions ahead of concert.

Chelsea Handler blames the Kardashians for Donald Trump win

Chelsea Handler pictured in a scene from her talk show in Los Angeles.

TALK show host blames rise of reality TV family for election result.

Law & Order’s Trump inspired episode is still in limbo

The cast of Law & Order: SVU season 18, from left, Kelli Giddish, Raul Esparza, Mariska Hargitay, Ice-T and Peter Scanavino. Supplied by Channel 10.

SHOW'S mastermind unsure if or when twice-delayed episode will air.

Beautiful Terranora acreage

77 Mahers Lane, Terranora.

Check out this week's feature property.

Thousands of jobs part of $1b retirement village project

THIS YEAR: An artist impression of the new Aveo retirement village in Springfield.

Aveo Springfield unveiled this month, homes ready by July

KNIFE-EDGE: The housing tightrope we now face

Even the smallest interest rate rise will be hard for some to handle.

One if five home owners at risk, according to new analysis

'Difficult times': Rental prices tipped to increase in 2017

GREAT BUYS: There are some great rentals and houses to buy in South Gladstone. Head to gladstoneobserver.com.au for the top 10 homes under $100 to rent right now in the Gladstone region.

Investors may soon see a "profitable return” on properties.

Historical home leaves family's hands after 75 years

SALE CONFIRMED: The Gympie Regional   Realty team which sold the Ramsey property are (back) Mel Gastigar, Dorothy Palmer and Margaret Cochrane, with (front) home seller Terri-Jayne Ramsey.

Ramsey family played a huge role in Gympie's growth.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!