By Pat McLeod
Craig Chappelow feasted on an appetizer ahead of the Queensland Golden Greys Summer Carnival on Thursday night at Albion Park, taking out the Group 3 $45,000 Rising Stars Final with his very promising Overflow Beau.
The taste was so sweet he will be back for the main course.
The Summer Carnival doesn’t officially kick off until the Queensland Flame on November 30, however Chappelow, Sydney-based but a frequent Brisbane visitor, wasn’t waiting for the welcome mat to be unfurled.
“We will be back for the Queensland Derby (heats on December 28 before the Final on January 4),” Chappelow said.
“That was always on the agenda. This was a lead-in. So, to win is a real bonus.”
Chappelow explained that this visit was more about ensuring his Fernando Bale and Sweet City Woman chaser was accustomed to the Albion Park track.
Overflow Beau revelled at ‘The Creek’ extending his excellent southern form with victory in both heat and Final.
In Thursday night’s showdown he was away fairly, but soon showed why his trainer rates him so highly, winning by two-and-a-quarter lengths in 29.92 seconds.