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Jonker turns back clock to trump Target’s record

The great Takeover Target’s 15-year-old Doomben 1200m course record was lowered in spectacular fashion on Saturday as former boom youngster Jonker wound back the clock to win the Keith Noud Quality.In stopping the clock in a blistering 1:7.83, Jonker gave Tony Gollan three consecutive wins in the race and one of his more satisfying training…

The great Takeover Target’s 15-year-old Doomben 1200m course record was lowered in spectacular fashion on Saturday as former boom youngster Jonker wound back the clock to win the Keith Noud Quality.

In stopping the clock in a blistering 1:7.83, Jonker gave Tony Gollan three consecutive wins in the race and one of his more satisfying training successes, given the five-year-old had gone winless since winning his first two starts almost three years ago.

Gollan took over the training of Jonker 12 weeks ago and set him on a specific path to target the summer carnival. He had been confident the way Jonker was going, before barrier 15 put a dampener on his enthusiasm.

Jockey Jim Byrne went with a specific plan to be positive out of the gates and after beginning like a bomb, he proceeded to run his rivals into the ground.

Gollan has trained many of the Spirit Of Boom progeny, but considers Jonker to be the most like his dad of any of them.

“He reminds me so much of his father. It’s just like having (Spirit Of Boom) back in the stable again,” Gollan said.

“We took plenty of time to get him ready and he put the writing on the wall in the trial, but I guess we just wanted to see some intent on raceday.”

Jonker will run next in the George Moore Stakes on December 5 and then work his way to the Magic Millions on January 16.

Jonker beat Boomtown Lass in his Eagle Farm trial and that form stood up in the previous event.

Chris Anderson quipped that it may well be better for Boomtown Lass to draw off the track than so called ‘cosy’ draws after she was able to face the breeze three wide the whole way and still win.

Boomtown Lass won from barrier 13 first-up two preparations back and then narrowly missed from gate 12 fresh last time in. On Saturday she drew five, but Justin Huxtable still found himself three deep, yet she found plenty in the straight to win her sixth race and nudge her earnings close to $500,000.

“Full credit to Justin. He didn’t panic, took his medicine and just made sure she was travelling the whole way,” Anderson said.

The next challenge is to win a stakes race, having finished the closest of seconds behind Scallopini at Listed level last time in.

Dusty Tycoon delighted hundreds of her MiRunners owners when prevailing under Alex Patis to notch her third career win.

“I love what MiRunners do for racing and the amount of joy they bring to so many people,” Dusty Tycoon’s trainer Rob Heathcote said. “Half an hour before the race, around at the stalls, you can sense the excitement (with the owners) and it’s tangible.”

Heathcote completed a winning double when Plitvice prevailed narrowly in the Class 6 Handicap. “He’s a horse that’s near and dear to us, with a lot of our close friends in him,” the trainer said.

RAW KING HAS BRIGHT FUTURE

Steve O’Dea has another smart galloper on his hands in the shape of Dominant King, who came from well off the pace to carve out fast time in his introduction to Saturday racing at Doomben.

O’Dea, who now trains in partnership with long-time foreman Matt Hoysted, had expressed surprise how Dominant King was beaten on debut at the Sunshine Coast and was relieved to see him take improvement and win next time out at Ipswich.

The Deep Field gelding took another giant leap forward on Saturday, coming from worse than midfield to stop the clock in 1:8.67 for the 1200m. Punters knew Dominant King’s potential, backing him to displace Kavak at the top of the market and run the $3.20 favourite.

The biggest challenge for O’Dea now may well be to keep the horse in the stable, as there’s sure to be offers coming from Hong Kong.

For now though, he’s hoping to get Dominant King through to the Magic Millions in January.

“He’s still a bit green and is a work in progress,” O’Dea said. “He’s still a bit of a kid. He has a lovely big action, but is probably still learning how to use himself.

“He’s definitely a horse on the way up.”

Dominant King races in the colours of Joe Rapisarda, who has raced a string of handy horses with the stable over the years. It completed a winning double for Ben Thompson, who won earlier on the Chris Munce-trained Rhapsody Rose.

Munce has flagged a Magic Millions start for Rhapsody Rose, but is more looking forward to how she shapes up next season after she broke through at Doomben. Rhapsody Rose led throughout to deny easing favourite Conexy in the two-year-old event.

“She’s still immature and is going to be a lot better three-year-old,” Munce said. “I think she’s a very good filly. She’s still a bit new.”

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