Jockeys and horses set off for the final race. Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times
Jockeys and horses set off for the final race. Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times Keagan Elder

Missen misses podium after he fractures foot in barrier

WONDAI jockey Jason Missen ran out of luck just weeks after his double win at the last Nanango races to end up in hospital.

In the second race Missen was bucked by fiery Swift Little Miss in the barriers to sideline him from the rest of the weekend's races.

"I just had a horse which got a bit toey in the barriers, which actually fell on me," he said.

"It hit the fence and pinned my foot between it and the fence."

With his foot massively swollen, Missen hoped it was just bruising after he was unable to get his foot x-rayed at the weekend.

"I don't know (what the damage is) yet because Kingaroy Hospital would not x-ray me," he said.

"They don't do x-rays on the weekend."

Missen felt disappointed he was unable to continue on the day where he may have finished on top.

"That was the second ride, which was a shame because I had some good rides that day," he said.

"I missed out on two seconds."

Missen was due to ride Tropical Heatwave in the fourth race and Pagoh in the final race.

Concerned about a possible break, Missen said a major break would sit him out for three months.

After Missen's recent streak of success with a win at Gatton on August 29 and double at Nanango on August 1, he hopes to be back racing shortly.

Nanango's Hannah Phillips comes fourth on Glenthorn Avenue. Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times
Nanango's Hannah Phillips comes fourth on Glenthorn Avenue. Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times Keagan Elder

No room for Avenue at top

THE wave of certainty was washed away from Proston trainer Lindsay Anderson, who was confident he would win the money with Glenthorn Avenue.

"I thought we had a chance," he said.

"He won three straight a while ago.

"He's won from 600m to 1800m."

With the 1200m distance of the Heritage Nanango Mardis Gras Cup no apparent problem for the seven-year-old bay gelding, Anderson said he had no certain reason behind his fourth-place finish.

But fourth position was a big improvement on Glenthorn Avenue's last run where he finished ninth at Dalby.

"When he raced in Dalby he didn't do too well; reports came back and he had a virus," Anderson said.

Despite this poor streak of results, Anderson said he had not run out of patience and would likely start Glenthorn Avenue at Gympie if he gets the nod of approval.

Glenthorn Avenue's run sealed a day of top-four finishes for Nanango jockey Hannah Phillips.

Phillips said he normally runs a lot faster. "It's like Usain Bolt running in 12 seconds instead of 10 - it's still a world-champion time, just not as fast," she said.

"Until we got up to (the final) corner at the 600m, I thought we were going to win.

"When I asked him to go, he had nothing to give."

Phillips ran a track record on Jeptoo with a time of 54.37sec in the first race and wrapped up her day with a third on Quelle Beaute in the last race.

Veteran trainer John Smith minds Gunna Excell. Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times
Veteran trainer John Smith minds Gunna Excell. Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times Keagan Elder

Smith runs up forty years

TUCKED behind the trainer stalls was 80-year-old John Smith from Toowoomba, who counted himself lucky to be at Nanango.

But unlucky to have continued his 40-plus year trend of starting a horse passed its run date.

"I used to buy and sell horses nobody wanted," he said. "They only won one race but I kept them too long.

"But nine out of 10 would win one race."

With a near-perfect success rate in the start of each of the dozens of horses he has trained more than four decades, Smith found it difficult to leave a horse behind.

"It's not the trainer, it's the atmosphere of the horse," he said.

"All horses have good bloodlines, just some are better than others.

"I've always been with horses; I've always been keen on horses."

Smith needed no excuse to extend his love of horses from the paddocks to the race fields.

So when he was approached by legendary Toowoomba trainer Jim Atkins, he could not help himself.

Smith started off slowly with just one or two horses in his stable at a time with one his notable successes Golden Reflection, which won four races.

Success has greeted Smith over the years, mostly in the country, but he said he had won at some bigger Queensland races.

"I've won a couple of midweek races in Brisbane," he said.

Since then Smith has slightly increased the number of horses in his stable but only started one at Nanango at the weekend, Gunna Excell.

"She did pretty well but pulled up around 600m," he said. "Now I do it (train horses) to keep busy.

"I hope I got a few more years."

Race one

1st Jeptoo ridden by Hannah Phillips

2nd Latin America ridden by Jag Guthmann-Chester

3rd Egiptienne ridden by Melody O'Brien

Race two

1st Feisty Girl ridden by Jason Hoopert

2nd Matilda Miss ridden by Michael Schrapel

3rd Lemesee ridden by Montanna Savva

Race three

1st Issy Command ridden by Jedidiah Hodge

2nd Spectacular Rock ridden by Melody O'Brien

3rd Cast Out ridden by Melissa Cox

Race four

1st Conhenri ridden by Wayne O'Connell

2nd Cover Up ridden by Shaun Bayliss

3rd Tropical Heatwave ridden by Ian Coombes

Race five

1st I'm No Ruby ridden by Jag Guthmann-Chester

2nd Pagoh ridden by Ian Coombes

3rd Quelle Beaute ridden by Hannah Phillips  

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