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Age no barrier for Someday

By Glenn Davis

Trainer Desleigh Forster predicted more wins were in store for veteran sprinter Someday after the gelding ended a near four-year drought at Doomben on Saturday.

Ridden by Damien Browne, Someday recorded his first win since the Listed Brisbane Handicap in December, 2013 when the nine-year-old downed Dreams Aplenty by three-quarters of a length in the St Vincent’s Care Services Open Handicap (1350m).

Mystical Open finished third, a further 1-3/4 lengths away.

Someday was originally trainer by Kelso Wood and was touted a potential Stradbroke Handicap contender early in his career before suffering a series of career threatening injuries.

A winner of seven of his 22 starts for Wood, Someday later had a brief stint with leading trainer Tony Gollan but failed to win in six appearances.

Someday had his final run for Gollan when he failed at Doomben in February last year and didn’t start again for 72 weeks before debuting for Forster when unplaced in the Listed Ramornie Handicap at Grafton in July.

“He hasn’t lost any of his ability but he’s had a few issues,” Forster said.

“I took him to Grafton and thought he was ready but he was run off his legs.

“He had a few more issues before he ran fifth when Robbie Fradd rode him at Doomben last week but I always thought it would be too short for him.

“I decided to back him up today and I feel a bit sorry for Robbie as I forgot to tell him I was backing him up.”

Forster, who recently returned from holidays, paid tribute to her staff following Someday’s victory.

“He takes a bit of looking after and all credit to my staff as I’ve been away on holidays,” she said.

“He’ll win plenty more races.”

Jockey Ric McMahon also ended a long city drought when he claimed the Open Handicap (2040m) on Outraged.

The Kelly Schweida-trained Outraged was patiently handled by McMahon before powering home to down Vassal by a short neck with Mr Epic, a further 1-1/2 lengths away, third.

McMahon has struggled to re-establish himself as a city rider after his career was derailed following a lengthy suspension in 2015.

The gifted McMahon has been working hard in recent months with the support of Eagle Farm trainer Barry Lockwood and Schweida and Outrage’s win was his first Saturday city winner for two years.

McMahon was a regular rider for Schweida and has now won four times on Outraged including last year’s Townsville Cup.

Racing Queensland webnews    Sept 9

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