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Travis Wolfgram notches Clifford Park win on debut

Town Dazzler (Geoff Goold) scores his second consecutive Clifford Park win for trainer Paul Nolan (Jnr) yesterday.
Town Dazzler (Geoff Goold) scores his second consecutive Clifford Park win for trainer Paul Nolan (Jnr) yesterday. Nev Madsen

HE IS the son of a gun jockey but apprentice Travis Wolfgram has taken another step in forging his own name in racing after riding his first Clifford Park winner.

Wolfgram celebrated a dream Clifford Park riding debut yesterday when he combined with Toowoomba trainer Eric Ropiha to take out the Neil Mansell Group Maiden Handicap (1300m) aboard Mossglow.

Mossglow ($4.20) broke through at his 12th career start when he finished strongly after racing in a forward position to down Nature Bites ($7) by a half length.

The pair gapped third placegetter Roussos Destiny ($5) by 8¼ lengths.

Wolfgram - a son of former leading Toowoomba rider Phillip and trainer Tracey Wolfgram - began race riding three months ago.

He has now ridden 10 winners since his first victory aboard Anchor Bolt in the Tara Cup on September 29.

Yesterday's win was also the 18-year-old's first provincial winner after having his license upgraded only last week.

He is presently based at Tamworth with trainer Sue Grills and made yesterday's home stopover specifically to ride his mother's horse Rouge Roi ($16) which finished unplaced in the Maiden Handicap (1000m).

Wolfgram is returning to Tamworth today to continue his busy country New South Wales riding stint.

"I have the chance to ride almost every second day where I'm based in New South Wales, but I made the trip home mainly to ride Rouge Roi for mum," Wolfgram said.

"To finish up with a win on my first provincial riding day felt pretty special and it was a good win by the horse.

"It was great having mum and dad at the track with me for the win. I could hear them out on the track cheering for me.

"I'd definitely like to come back and ride again if I get the chance but it all depends how everything works in."

John Kehoe shared yesterday's riding spotlight with Wolfgram after booting home a winning double.

Kehoe opened his account with an all-the-way victory on Miss Mega Herz ($9.50) in the XXXX Gold Maiden Handicap (1000m) for trainer Peter Sexton.

Kehoe pocket his second victory when Hi Hi ($15) produced a strong-finishing effort to take out the Charlton Tyre Service Class 1 Handicap (1200m) for Toowoomba trainer Mark Callaghan.

Hi Hi later retained the race in the steward's room after a protest by jockey Lacey Morrison on runner-up Supreme Sledge ($3.80) for alleged interference near the 400-metre mark was dismissed.
 

Topics:  clifford, debut, park




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