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Racing Rundown

IF YOU ARE going to ride for the best you might as well ride like the best.

JASPER FRANKLIN did just that and came away with a gallant victory for renaissance trainer LIAM BIRCHLEY.

Franklin was entrusted with the ride on SIZZLING GIRL and although the track was the mare’s favoured heavy conditions, Sizzling Girl came through against¬†the inside where conditions were not favourable for most, but she stuck to her task like a trouper.

Inside the 200m it looked like a five-horse war, but Sizzling Girl was too strong and powered to the finish line.

Liam plucked Sizzling Girl from the auction ring for $65,000 – yet another value purchase by the Sunshine Coast trainer, who is re-building admirable momentum

in the resumption of his training career after the hiccup from which he got through without on-going problems other than an unnecessary financial setback.

This is a case where you can’t keep class down.

Jan 25, 2024

Placing horses where they can win is one of the real talents in thoroughbred racing.

Training at the plush environment of Caloundra, Liam has never been worried about taking horses to Rockhampton – a trip well worth it if it results in accumulating the money.

Liam took CRYPTOSTAR and TAKERU to Rocky for the late January meeting and got the dollars with both.

Cryptostar easily handled the maiden juveniles, winning by six lengths under Ryan Wiggins.

Later in the day Takeru was heavily backed from $5 into $2.70 and watching the race you could see why – Takeru tracked the pace and went on to win comfortably.

Jan 9, 2024

BUNGARRIBEE LAD won another Rockhampton visitor and after opening at $7 looked more like an even money shot, winning as he liked.

With Brooke Johnston doing the steering he proved way too strong.

Dec 26, 2023

The Caloundra track saw it’s share of rain through the middle part of summer, but that didn’t stop PIECE OF TURF making a meal of her race on Boxing Day.

Jai Williams rode a confident race, guiding the mare through an inside passage to score stylishly.