Sport

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.
 



Ipswich pensioner wins $260K on scratchie

BIG WIN: A woman purchased a ticket at a Goodna newsagency and is now $260K richer.

Found out while waiting in the doctor's surgery

Shark warning! Ipswich to erect signs at river hot spots

BULLISH: Brisbane and Bremer rivers are full of bull sharks so warning signs are planned to go up alerting residents to the dangers.

Sharks still teeming in Brisbane, Bremer rivers

Firm told to apologise, pay back $16K to Korean backpackers

Boonah Packing Pty Ltd supplied labour to one of Australia's leading carrot producers, Scott Moffat & Co, trading as Moffatt Fresh Produce who supply carrots to major supermarket chains like Woolworths and Aldi.

Boonah business caught ripping off foreign workers

Local Partners

Homer Simpson thanks Australia during Opera House visit

Homer Simpson visits the Sydney Opera House.

ANIMATION favourite gets attacked by seagulls in viral video.

Channel 9 orders second season of Doctor Doctor

Rodger Corser stars in the TV series Doctor Doctor.

RURAL medical drama finds a loyal following.

Katy Perry gets naked to encourage people to vote

Katy Perry in Funny Or Die sketch

Katy Perry has stripped naked for a comedy video

Jogging Tom Hanks crashes wedding in Central Park

Tom Hanks stopped for a selfie with this bride and groom

MOVIE REVIEW: Storks delivers family fun

A scene from the movie Storks.

ANIMATION can be hit or miss but when it hits, it hits hard.

$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'

Housing report points to a lift in local market

AFFORDABLE HOMES: First home buyers have the opportunity to purchase modern new homes in the Ipswich region for under $400,000.

Region shaping up as the "final frontier” for affordable housing

Five ways to slash household bills and save the environment

THINK GREEN: Considering the environment when building or buying your next home can save you big dollars. The Village Building Company, who is responsible for Woodlinks Village at Collingwood Park, builds homes with this front of mind.

THERE is nothing as sweet as slashing dollars from your bills.

Investors out-bid first-home buyers in booming market

Housing generic.

Ipswich's housing market is putting more cash into sellers’ pockets

Another Ripley development

THE ENTRANCE: An overview of the last planned development for the fast growing Ripley area.

85 more home lots released

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.