Racing's wheel of fortune turns full circle for owner

Rocket Boots and Skye Bogenhuber complete their victory in today's Jasmond Transport Benchmark 75 Handicap (1625m) at Clifford Park.
Rocket Boots and Skye Bogenhuber complete their victory in today's Jasmond Transport Benchmark 75 Handicap (1625m) at Clifford Park. Nev Madsen

RACING'S wheel of fortune turns in extraordinary ways, as owner Geoff Makim had re-enforced to him at Clifford Park today.

Makim was left celebrating after Olliewood ($4) collected her third career win in the Oscar Jenson Memorial Class 1 Handicap (1300m).

The five-year-old finished generously from mid-field for Nozi Tomizawa to reel in Pukekura Boy ($15) for a 2¼-length victory.

Laredo ($4.40) finished a length back third after racing prominently throughout.

"I bred this mare and I think we deserved this win today," Makim said.

"Her full sister was killed after breaking her neck in a fall at the Sunshine Coast a little while ago.

"She was a lovely filly as well having her first race start and it was a real shame to lose her."

Olliewood was having her third start for trainer Kevin Kemp on Saturday after joining his stable recently from Makim's good friend Ken Waller.

Kemp's wife Judy said the five-year-old was transferred to Clifford Park to have use of the on-track pool.

"She loves swimming and that's the reason she's come to Kevin," Judy said.

Olliewood's dam Lady Ollie is presently in foal to Choistar.

Tomizawa went of to complete a winning double on the card aboard debutante Lotto Hill.

Lotto Hill justified his $1.70 favouritism when he wore down fellow first-starter More Say ($8) to score by 1½ lengths in the Barb Mitchell Memorial Maiden Handicap (850m) for trainer Tony Sears.

Jockey Skye Bogenhuber admitted to having her own mid-race doubts about Rocket Boots adding to his winning Clifford Park tally before the gelding picked himself up off the floor to take out the Jasmond Transport Benchmark 75 Handicap (1625m).

Rocket Boots ($1.80 fav) ground home tenaciously from back in the field to down Tisani Star ($7) by a long neck for Eagle Farm trainer Tony Gollan.

Race leader Monjaya Boy ($8) held on to be long neck back third.

Today's win was Rocket Boots' fifth career victory - all of which have come on the Clifford Park Cushion Track.

"He wants to switch off in behind them," Bogenhuber said after her energy-sapping ride.

"But once he gets in the open he starts picking up okay.

"They had him off the bit a fair way out today and I thought he had the job ahead of him.

"But they went along pretty hard up front and once he started picking up the leaders after straightening I was confident he'd get there."

 THREE-kilogram apprentice notched his first Clifford Park win today when piloted the Ben Currie-trained Song Of The Bell ($2.40) to a last-stride win over Diamond Heist in the Fresenius Class 2 Handicap.
 

Topics:  clifford park, olliewood, racing, rocket boots



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