Warwick track rider worried by wide barrier in TAB races
RACING: Drawing the widest barrier in an 1100m race at Allman Park on Tuesday has Abb Roy's track rider worried.
Warwick trainer Mick Hemmings has six starters in Tuesday's Warwick Turf Club TAB meeting at Allman Park.
There was 87 acceptors for the TAB meeting, which starts at 1.15pm. The last race is at 4.50pm and admission is free.
Naomi Hemmings is track rider for horses trained by her husband as well as syndicate member and part owner of most of the horses in the Hemmings stable.
They have two horses in the Fillies and Mares BM55 Handicap over 1100m.
"Abb Roy is our best chance to win on the day but has barrier 14 and would be a better chance with an inside barrier,” Naomi said.
"Our mare Miss Makepeace has a better barrier at eight.
"In an 1100 metre race at Allman Park, once they jump they only have 150m to the first corner to get a good position.”
Abb Roy raced out of Guyra before being moving to the Hemmings stable in Warwick in the past year.
"She ran fourth in Toowoomba in her first start for us,” Naomi said.
"Abb Roy then had a fifth at Esk, first in Toowoomba and was unplaced at Doomben.
"We have the same jockey Noriyuki Nishio on Tuesday as in the win in Toowoomba.”
Miss Makepeace came to the Hemmings stable from the Gold Coast and has a best of fifth in three starts for the Warwick trainer.
Naomi said they liked to support any race meeting in Warwick.
"There is more prizemoney with TAB meetings and they pay down to the 10th placegetter,” she said.
"Tenth place means $300, which covers some of the costs of starting a horse.”
Other Warwick trainers with horses at Allman Park on Tuesday include Garry Schwenke, Les Clarke, Cameron Byrne, Garry Osborne, Gino Barbierato and Stephanie Sixtus.
Jockey Laura Cheshire hails from the Gold Coast where she volunteers at Rosies at Surfers Paradise.
She has two rides in Warwick on Tuesday.
"She asked anyone with unwanted winter clothes to leave at the secretary's office at Allman Park on Tuesday so she can give to the homeless on the Gold Coast,” Naomi said.