MEGA D’ORO won the $40,000 feature race over 950m on Ladies Day at the Cairns Amateurs on Friday, September 13th under jockey Les Tilley sporting Quilly Park’s colours.
It’s been quite a journey for trainer Mark Dale who rides work himself: ‘The old warrior has tested me both physically and mentally over the past few months.
‘He’s a character and we get on pretty well, although he makes me feel every bit of my 54 years each morning!’
It’s been a labour of love for me I can tell you.
The horse has taken a bit of working out but probably over the last two weeks we have got him to turn the corner.
The horse did all the work [today] from the outside gate. They just never looked like getting to him.
Mark Dale, Trainer (quoted in the Cairns Post)
‘We targeted the back end of the North Queensland Carnival’, said Dale.
‘As an eight year old, we’ll maybe give him one or two more then he’ll have 3-4 months off.
‘We’ll probably bring him back earlier and try to incorporate Mackay into the program’, added Dale.
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