Just A Beach, Toker reunited

Jockey Ismail Toker

Jockey Ismail Toker

SMART sprinter Just A Beach and apprentice Ismail Toker have proved a lethal combination since they first joined forces in June last year.

They have teamed up eight times for five wins and three placings and look set for further success at Mowbray tonight.

Just A Beach is the topweight and short-priced favourite for the main race, the Balmoral On York Open Handicap.

After Toker's claim, he will carry 57 kilograms - a similar weight to his main rivals - and should again prove hard to beat.

Spreyton trainer Barry Campbell is on record as saying that Just A Beach would be ``a weight-for-age class horse'' and most likely racing on the mainland if not for his bad legs.

``If he had four good legs, he wouldn't be here [in Tasmania],'' Campbell said after the gelding's most recent win.

``He had bone chips taken out of both knees after winning his first start.

``(Veterinary surgeon) Alistair MacLean, who did the operation, said we would be lucky if he raced again.

``So he's done a marvellous job to win another six races.''

Just A Beach's main danger tonight could be another injury-troubled but talented galloper, Prince Obama.

A seven-year-old, Prince Obama has raced only 27 times and had only six starts in the past 12 months.

His most recent run was his best for a long time - a close third to Just A Beach and Flash Al Moon a fortnight ago.

He will be suited by the step up to 1400 metres tonight, as his career-best performance was over that distance.

It came in August 2011, when he finished third to star gallopers Whobegotyou and Lights Of Heaven in the group 2 $200,000 Lawrence Stakes at Caulfield.

A 100-1 outsider, he was badly disadvantaged under the weight-for-age scale but was beaten by less than a length.

Brendon McCoull, who has ridden Prince Obama in three of his four career wins, will be reunited with the gelding tonight.


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