No surprise stewards asked for a please explain after Bel Burgess improved massively on its two previous runs in class 6 to win R5 a good class Benchmark 80 at the Sunny Coast yesty...it did have some weight relief and an increase in distance from the two beforehand.
Ridden by Jeff LLoyd at its previous two runs it was never likely ....it ran 6th on 4 th Aug in a Class 6 over 1350m starting at $26 ......its previous run ran it last on 21 July after showing early speed stewards report that day was that "Stewards will interview J. Lloyd regarding his riding of the gelding over the final stages " the horse dropped out and Jeff didn't punish it when he was obviously well beaten.
Race 5: CLINIC ONE BENCHMARK 80 H’CAP – 1400M
BEL BURGESS – Trainer D. Murphy was questioned regarding the horse’s seemingly improved performance. He indicated that he had expected a forward showing in today’s event as he had anticipated the track having more give than at its two most recent starts. He added that the horse has performed well previously racing on similar surfaces. He further added that the gelding was able to obtain the lead without being challenged today and he believed that this was also beneficial to the horse’s chances. He indicated that he had supported the horse in today’s event as he believed that having a 3kg claiming apprentice was also a significant factor.
The difference according to the trainer was attributed to the track conditions being more suitable ...it was a Good 4 pentrometer 6.35 whereas the two previous runs over 1350 were rated a good 3 ...all the horse's previous wins were on good tracks ...the trainer is obviously a better judge than most punters....came in from $14 to $10
I'm sure anyone who was familiar with Bel Burgess from his Victorian days would accept the trainer's explanation.
Once he was able to clear the field the way he did, he was always going to be hard to catch especially with the allowance and on the kind racing surface.
He had a very good record in Vic as a strong front runner before hard tracks and big weights got to him.
I hadn't had a bet in Queensland for many months but did put a few dollars on Cedarwood on Sat.
Didn't even get a run for my money so I'll take that as a sign.