Murphy storms to chase double race wins at Allman Park
RACING: Heavy rain and hailstones fell at Allman Park Racecourse yesterday, but it wasn't enough to hold back the racing action.
The track was downgraded after the storm lashed the city with 16mm of rain and hailstones in less than an hour, but retained to a good four track condition.
Warwick Turf Club president Phil Grant said the Allman Park track had held up well despite the wild weather.
"We had really heavy rain, some hailstones and a couple of black-outs but the track held up," he said.
"Luckily it didn't have too much effect on the track and we only had to move the races back a bit."
The program ran one race behind for the remainder of the day.
As a TAB meeting the race times could not be held back any longer.
"The TAB meets are great for us here at the Warwick Turf Club," Grant said.
"It gives the club stability and brings another element to the track.
"You'll see professional punters come along to these TAB meets and we bring in extra facilities."
Jockey Michael Murphy claimed two wins in as many races for a prize pool of more than $15000.
The 17-year-old from Cairns claimed victory in the Maiden Handicap 800m with Encore Sall and the Hahn Super Dry 3.5 Class 3 Plate 1500m with Viv's Vegas.
Murphy had his first win as a professional jockey in June at Mount Garnet for former boss Fred Wieland.
Viv's Vegas was considered a $9 outside chance of winning the 1500m.
At $1.90, race favourite Street Fever failed to live up to expectations on the damp track finishing fourth behind Robard and Kairi Lad.
The day's first winner was Royal Town Road in the David Cory Patron's Benchmark 55 Handicap 2000m.
Encore Sall won the second race at $12 odds.
Race 1: Royal Town Road (Michael Schrapel)
Race 2: Encore Sall (Michael Murphy)
Race 3: Daliwoy Bay (Les Tilley)
Race 4: Viv's Vegas (Michael Murphy)
Race 5: There's Nemo (Jason Hoopert)
Race 6: Cocktail Thong (Sheree Drake)
Race 7: China Bob (S Lacy)