Arrow Lands on Pointon Again When Stylish Criminal Steals Race from $151
With a recent from line reading 101077 for his last four starts, Stylish Criminal carried long odds when he jumped at $151 in the Coaltrain QTIS Three-Years-Old Handicap (1400 m) at a Provincial Tab meeting at Rockhampton on Sunday.
Stylish Criminal won rather handily, landing her trainer, John Pointon, of the radar of Racing Victoria officials, who glance askance at miraculous results.
Justalad finished third from $81, but trainer Gary Fisher does not enjoy the same scrutiny devoted to Pointon, who is in the middle of the process of clearing his name after one of his horses returned a positive for cobalt in a race October past.
The cobalt positive was from a barrier trial winner. This most recent win by Pointon was a minor race on a minor track.
Imagine if Pointon were to qualify a horse for a Group race.
Pointon seems to have an ownership interest in Stylish Criminal, so the win brought him his share of the $9,750 first-place prizemoney, less the $200 QRIC dinged him for failing to report that the reason for the horse running so poorly prior to her big haul at Rockhampton was that Stylish Criminal had been suffering from a virus.
Stewards deemed it fine that Pointon had secured treatment for Stylish Criminal, but Pointon failed to inform the stewards of that treatment prior to Sunday’s race.
We admit that we do not know, or have any sort of opinion regarding the trainer, other than he must be easy to spot at meetings, what with the giant QRIC target he has pointed on his back.
Rio Rosie, the hot $2.20 jumper in the race, ran fourth and did not earn a farthing for the run.
Maybe she was coming down with something, as she ran first at the same track the week prior. A dose of Nyquil, provided it is not banned, ought to fix the filly right up, as she has been a good earner considering where she plies her trade.