Josh Oliver excels at Port Macquarie twilight race meeting on January 12

Josh Oliver excelled at Port Macquarie twilight race meeting.
Josh Oliver excelled at Port Macquarie twilight race meeting.

A riding double by Josh Oliver highlighted a successful Panthers twilight program conducted by the Port Macquarie Race Club on Friday.

Josh guided the Steve Hodge trained mare, Take the Mountain to an effortless win in the Maiden Plate for fillies and mares before Rage Against led throughout to score in race six.

On a mixed day for punters, Patriot was responsible for the biggest betting move when saluting in the last event following a perfect ride from Ben Looker while Albert of Monaco landed some strong wagers when scoring earlier in the day.

Albert of Monaco was the story of the day for successful jockey, Blaike McDougall, who drive to Port for riding engagements despite spending most of the previous few nights in hospital as doctors attended to his daughter, Penelope.

This was combined with having to waste down to 51kgs to fulfil riding engagements at Randwick on Saturday adding further merit to the ride on Albert of Monaco.

To cap off a couple of stellar days, McDougall landed a metropolitan treble at Randwick including the Maroubra Mile feature on Dreamforce.

Lucy in Disguise came from last with a paralysing performance to score in race five while popular Ballina trainer, Stephen Phelps made the trip down the highway to claim the prize in the opener.

A large holiday crown incorporating many Panther’s members, who took advantage of the free admission on offer, attended the day’s racing on a good surface.

The club would like to acknowledge the continued support of the Panthers Group and encourage patrons to utilise the outstanding facilities offered by the Port Macquarie Panthers Club in Bay Street.

The January carnival continues on Australia Day with with the running of the prestigious Patriots Bloodstock Queen of the North Handicap worth $60,000 in prizemoney.

This is one of the premier events on the racing calendar and the club is leaving no stone unturned to ensure a successful day is enjoyed by all patrons and new sponsor, Patriots Bloodstock.


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