Sport

Silver Scholar back in winning form following long break

Silver Scholar and apprentice Melody O'Brien hold on for victory from Bannett at Clifford Park yesterday.
Silver Scholar and apprentice Melody O'Brien hold on for victory from Bannett at Clifford Park yesterday. Kevin Farmer

HE'S back.

After more than 12 months away from the race track, whiz Clifford Park sprinter Silver Scholar returned with a bold comeback victory yesterday.

Silver Scholar ($5) defied his long absence from racing with a sparkling first-up performance in the XXXX Gold Benchmark 80 Handicap (1050m) for trainer Christine McAppion.

The seven-year-old bounded straight to the lead from barrier one for apprentice Melody O'Brien to set up an all-the-way victory.

Despite beginning to tire over the final 100 metres, Silver Scholar had enough in hand to see off Bannett ($13) to score by a neck.

Reilly Blue ($5) also ran home solidly to be length away third.
Yesterday's win was Silver Scholar's eighth from 11 starts on the Clifford Park Cushion Track.h

The Canadian Silver gelding was transferred to leading trainer Michael Nolan by McAppion and his part owner Peter O'Sullivan after his previous Clifford Park start last October.

But after being sidelined with a leg injury, Silver Scholar eventually returned to McAppion's care.

O'Sullivan admitted not knowing what to expect first-up from Silver Scholar after his long absence.

"He's been back in work with Chris now for 11 weeks, but we didn't really know what to expect today," O'Sullivan said.

"He had a 650-metre jumpout last week but that's all he had coming into the race.

"He had a lot of weight as well, even with Mel's claim, but he really raced like we know he can."

Game five-year-old Angelus Belle raced herself into the mix for a possible New Year feature tilt with a well-deserved win yesterday.

Angelus Belle claimed her third home-track victory for trainer Tony Sears with a trademark performance in the Brisbane Bloodstock Class 3 Handicap (1200m).

The $2 favourite was given a box-seat run by apprentice Geoff Goold before forging clear on straightening to score by a length.

Fast Lover ($4.40) was doing his best work late for second with Ain't She Sweet ($4.20) also finding the line strongly, a head away third.

Angelus Belle is raced by former Toowoomba Turf Club committee members Col Zeller and Ray Anderson, Doug Maynard, Dave Giesemann, Errol Giesemann, Luke Boulus and Charlie Lloyd-Jones.

She was a $30,000 Magic Millions buy and was purchased on the initial recommendation by former leading Clifford Park trainer Michael Flanigan.

"Michael was the person who first suggested we have a look at her," Zeller said.

"She has a nice pedigree.

"Her mother is a half sister to Black Dakota and Blue Pill who Michael had so much success with.

"The strength of this mare is her honesty. She gives 100 per cent every start and really deserved another win again today.

"She's probably a bit more mature now as a five-year-old.

"Twelve months ago she was a bit fizzy, but she's a lot more settled now.

"If she does well after this run we might even consider a start for her in next month's fillies and mares feature race here."
 

Topics:  clifford, park, silver


Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Hazel the dog finds new forever family

NEW HOME: Hazel, the mastiff cross was adopted by Gloria and Ivan Trusz after they saw her photo in the Gatton Star.

Hazel's found a new home.

Laidley Heights scenic views could be lost to big tower

Judy and Kevin Kelleher are calling for action against a 47 metre phone tower, proposed to be erected in Laidley Heights.

Proposed phone tower has residents angry.

Thornton braces for off-road racing action

FLYING HIGH:  High-flying racing comes to Thornton.

Thornton to place host to off-road racing.

Local Partners

Lockyer artists show creative flair at art expo

Lockyer artists in new art exhibition.

Lake Apex playground gets face lift

SAFE AND SOUND: Thomas Feldhahn having fun at the renovated junior playground.

Lake Apex playground has been renovated to address safety issues.

Hazel the dog finds new forever family

NEW HOME: Hazel, the mastiff cross was adopted by Gloria and Ivan Trusz after they saw her photo in the Gatton Star.

Hazel's found a new home.

Laidley Heights scenic views could be lost to big tower

Judy and Kevin Kelleher are calling for action against a 47 metre phone tower, proposed to be erected in Laidley Heights.

Proposed phone tower has residents angry.

Thornton braces for off-road racing action

FLYING HIGH:  High-flying racing comes to Thornton.

Thornton to place host to off-road racing.

Gat ready for Laidley's first Small Farming Expo

RURAL COMES FIRST: Expo co-ordinator Margo Hayes is an experienced Vitulus Lowline and Ozline breeder.

Get ready for the 2016 Small Farming Expo.

BOM predicts potential above average rainfall for Lockyer Valley

The weather forecast for the Lockyer Valley.

More rain than usual for region revealed in Bom outlook.

Safety improvements for road black spot

News

Road works are scheduled to upgrade a dangerous stretch of road.

Classic car auction draws buyers from US, Dubai

"He wants everyone to enjoy the cars, the collection got too big'

Kim Kardashian West 'sick of talking about Taylor Swift'

Kim Kardashian West is sick of talking about Taylor Swift.

Justin Bieber ordered to attend Miami deposition

Justin Bieber has been ordered to travel to Miami for a deposition

Sludge metal heaven served up across Australia

Black Rheno bring their stripped back sludge metal through regional Australia.

Black Rheno to hit a town near you

Prog metal upstarts to tour Australia

Caligula’s Horse, one of the country’s most exciting and innovative progressive bands, will hit the road for a national tour in November.

Australian prog masters announce national tour

Debra Messing wants to do a 'naughty' Will and Grace reunion

'Will & Grace' star Debra Messing wants a "naughty" reunion

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie 'working on custody agreement'

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are thrashing out a custody agreement

Beach-side real estate starts at $85k on Fraser Coast

HERVEY BAY REAL ESTATE: You can buy this townhouse in Scarness for under $300k.

Live your beach-living dream locally.

$40million hotel, shops development project for Mackay

Mt Pleasant hotel and retirement accommodation, proposed at 194-202 Malcomson St.

$40m development to take Mackay to 'the next level'

Property 200m from ocean selling for just over $100K

BEACHCOMBER PARK: Work has started on a new $19.2 million development at Toogoom.

The estate's developer is offering huge discounts for early buyers.

UPDATE: Former rodeo champ's sale rained out, now back on

Larkhill local Ken Consiglio is having an auction of most of the things on his property.

'People kept showing up and we had to turn them away'

First stages of $25 million housing development underway

New development on Madsen Rd - The Springs.

The blocks of land are much bigger than usual

Couple build their own 'tiny house' for $45k

Holly Bowen and Oli Bucher built their "tiny house" themselves, only hiring a plumber and an electrician. Photo/supplied

The house, which is built on a trailer and can be towed.