Protest delays Burrandowan race celebration
Racing: At the close of the Burrandowan Cup Handicap Norm Larkin was nervous.
He had just won his first race as a trainer but a protest was lodged.
Stewards reviewed the footage and upheld Larkin's win, ceding the cup to Onemore Twist.
As he strode out from the steward's office Larkin was grinning ear to ear.
"I was thinking, oh no, it's my first win and then I've got to do a protest as well,” Larkin said.
"It was bit nerve racking.”
The win marks a good start to Larkin's run as a trainer.
"I've had my licence for about four years but I haven't had many horses to the track, I've only had about half a dozen horses to the races,” he said.
He said he picked well when nominating Onemore Twist.
"I bought him off another trainer in Toowoomba, Mark Callaghan, he got a win out of him and a couple of places and he's just continued on,” Larkin said.
"He's a tough horse.”
Leeanne McCoy returned to the track to claim another two wins.
The Dalby jockey finished up last year's race meet as the best overall rider.
This year she brought her husband David Reynolds who trained her race four winner Pick of the Pubs.
"We're a good team, we listen to each other and bounce a lot of stuff off each other but Leeanne is usually right,” Reynolds said.
The couple got hitched about 10 months ago and Reynolds was quick to tout McCoy's expertise.
"I started in 1999, that was my first race ride here and I actually fell off,” McCoy said.
The couple had a winner last year with Music Scene.
"I think it was the same 1200m race,” Reynolds said.
Reynolds said this latest win was likely to push Pick of the Pubs onto a higher grade of racing.
"We bought him as a yearling and we've had him every day of his life,” Reynolds said.
"We think he's possibly getting better and better as he gets older.
"We were going to Jandowae but he just blew that out of the water because his rating will be too high.
"I'll have to look at something midweek in town, maybe Ipswich.”