Somnambulist finishes on top in Clifford Park showdown

Somnambulist and jockey Nozi Tomizawa hold on to defeat Ghostnthedarkness (Brooke Richardson) at Clifford Park last night.
Somnambulist and jockey Nozi Tomizawa hold on to defeat Ghostnthedarkness (Brooke Richardson) at Clifford Park last night. Nev Madsen

SOMNAMBULIST added another victory to his glowing Clifford Park record after claiming the clash of the Cushion Track "titans" last night.

The five-year-old notched his seventh win from eight starts on the track with an all-the-way display for jockey Nozi

Tomizawa in the K & R Plumbing Supplies Benchmark 85 Handicap (1200m).

Somnambulist completed a good training performance by Tony Sears when he staved off Ghostnthedarkness ($3) for a half-length victory at his first start since August.

Ghostnthedarkness endured a wide run near the tail of the field before closing strongly in the home straight to narrowly miss collecting his ninth win on the track.

Tisani Boy ($4.80) finished 3½ lengths back third after looking to have his winning chance.

Tomizawa is confident Somnabulist's impeccable home-track form can put him in the frame for a Weetwood Handicap (1200m) tilt next April.

"This was a good race tonight but I knew he would be hard to beat," Tomizawa said.

"He loves this track and I thought he was well weighted with 55.5kg.

"I knew if I could lead comfortably it would be hard for anything to run him down.

"He had probably had enough on the line, but you have to expect that first up over 1200 metres.

"Tony had him spot on for this race tonight.

"I would say with his record here it would definitely be worth looking at the Weetwood with him.

"I'd love to see him have a go at it."

Wendy Bannerot's work with injured horses reaped another personal reward yesterday when War Stories broke through for his second Clifford Park win.

War Stories ($12) finished strongly for jockey Skye Bogenhuber to score a neck victory in the Welcome All Xmas Parties Class 2 Handicap (1625m).

The lightly raced seven-year-old arrived to down Sonic Hill ($4.40) who rallied late in the home straight while $2.50 favourite Maker's Marque faded to be 3¼ lengths back third.

Bannerot runs an equine rehabilitation business at the Sunshine Coast where she also prepares a small racing team.

"Horse rehabilitation is my main focus while a train a few horses for several owners," Bannerot said.

"My horse treatment includes acupuncture and laser and this horse is one that I have worked with.

"He's been with me for about 12 months.

"He did have bad tendons but as you can see, he's racing soundly again now."

 PREMIERSHIP-leading jockey Skye Bogenhuber will miss the next three Clifford Park meetings after incurring a three-week suspension at Ipswich on November 16.

Bogenhuber has decided not to appeal against the severity of her penalty and is free to resuming riding on December 16.

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