Biggles wiggles a win out of stewards

The Desleigh Forster-trained Easy Running won the Listed Gold Edition Plate (1200m) at Eagle Farm on the race track but lost it in the stewards room to Biggles today.

Easy Running, despite being caught three wide without cover throughout, surged at the 300m but severely impeded Biggles who made a run on its inside near the 170m mark.

Apprentice Tim Bell aboard Biggles was within a half length of Easy Running at that point but lost two lengths before cutting the margin down to a length on the line.

Bell lodged a protest alleging interference leaving the 200m.

“I had established clear running and was into a run when Damian Browne on Easy Running shifted in two horses,” Bell said.

“I had to check and it cost me between two and two and a half lengths.

“I’m adamant the interference cost me the race.”

Stewards agreed and amended the placings.

Show A Prince, Spinhro and Hollyweird all ran on well from the back in the final 200m as early leader Rocket To Glory faded.

Biggles, a $160,000 purchase, won his fourth race in eight starts and has now amassed $250,000 in earnings.

The Noel Doyle-trained gelding has now won both starts after a 15 week spell, the previous in the Hardy Brothers Jewellers (1000m) at Eagle Farm on December 3.

Doyle is targeting the $1m Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) at the Gold Coast on January 14.

“It was an enormous run and I was always confident he’d get the protest decision,” Doyle said.

“He’ll have one more run in the Vo Rogue then go on to the Magic Millions.

“He’s a very good horse and I think there’s a real big race in him somewhere.”

Forster  may get revenge with Easy Running in the Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate (1350m) at Doomben in a fortnight.

“He’s a nice little horse who had to cover some extra ground today,” Forster said.

“Once he got to the outside I said to his owners he’d win.

“Unfortunately we lost on protest in the stewards’ room and I accept it

“We’ll get our chance next time.”

In eight days Forster experienced the highs and lows of racing.

She won the Group 3 $200,000 George Moore Stakes at Doomben with Adebisi last week.

Browne pleaded guilty to a charge of careless riding and was suspended for 12 meetings to commence midnight on Saturday, 24 December and expire at midnight on Sunday, 8 January 2012.

Race 7 – 4:15PM Hanachi GOLD EDITION PLATE (1200 METRES)
Of $100,000.1st $64,000, 2nd $20,000, 3rd $10,000, 4th $4,000, 5th $2,000 LISTED
Set Weights, Three-Years-Old, Apprentices cannot claim.Track Condition: Good 3 Time: 1:10.52 Last 600m: 0:35.94 INTERIM RESULTS

Offical Comments:Protest 2nd (Biggles) against 1st (Easy Running) – UPHELD


Finish No. Horse Trainer Jockey Margin Bar. Weight Starting Price
1 4 BIGGLES Noel J Doyle Timothy Bell (a) 3 56kg $6
2 6 EASY RUNNING Desleigh Forster Damian Browne 1L 17 56kg $5.50
3 5 SHOW A PRINCE Liam Birchley Glen Colless 1.3L 5 56kg $9
4 12 SPINHRO Norm Stephens Matthew Gray 1.5L 1 56kg $51
5 1 ROCKET TO GLORY John Manzelmann Chris Whiteley 1.8L 13 56kg $10
6 16 HOLLYWEIRD Trevor Bailey Jim Byrne 2.5L 7 54kg $13
7 11 DAYTIME DAZZLER Col Williamson Glen Killen 2.8L 12 56kg $41
8 9 AQUATORIAL Ron Macrae Brad Stewart 3.3L 8 56kg $6
9 14 VIA DEL CORSO Barry Baldwin Ric McMahon 3.4L 4 56kg $5F
10 13 ROYAL SHOUT Danny J Bougoure Scott Galloway 4.8L 11 56kg $17
11 3 BLACK CASH Kelly Doughty Matthew Palmer 4.9L 10 56kg $61
12 2 MR FAVULOUS Donald Baker Mitchell Wood (a) 5.3L 15 56kg $18
13 18e FAULTLESS DANCER Ian Livingstone Micheal Hellyer 5.8L 2 54kg $151
14 19e TYCOON’S HEART David Kelly Ben Looker (a) 5.9L 9 54kg $151
15 8 DOUBLE IMPACT Jackie Crompton Scott Seamer 6L 6 56kg $31
16 7 PEPPER JET Liam Birchley Paul Hammersley 7.5L 16 56kg $26
17 10 DR ICHI Bevan Laming Chris Munce 9L 14 56kg $19
21e MOROCCAN DANCER Gillian Heinrich  scr 0
20e SEQUENDS Danny J Bougoure  scr 0
17 PENSIVE DREAM Gillian Heinrich  scr 0
15 SKATER DUDE Len Treloar scr 0


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