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By Graham Potter | Friday, May 20, 2022

It will be a measured process of course, but North Queensland could well be set to become a happy hunting ground for apprentice Jasmine Cornish in the future.

A second visit to Townsville this month saw the young rider move her scoreboard along once again … she also had a winner (The Egyptian) at her previous visit to Townsville … with a winning ride aboard the Leslie Gordy trained Boona Boy (the $2.80 second favourite) in a 0-65 Handicap over 1609m on May 20,

The Spill The Beans gelding took a few strides to settle into his rhythm at the jump, but then quickly improved from fourth into third spot shortly after the start while crossing to claim the inside run just two lengths off the leader, Courtesy Bus, as the $2.30 favourite tried to make every post a winning one.

Courtesy Bus extended his lead to four lengths at the start of the sweep to the home turn as Cornish moved Boona Boy into second place and began to give chase.
Courtesy Bus’s lead was down to two lengths on straightening and it quickly became obvious that Boona Boy was travelling the better of the two and Boona Boy already had the measure of the favourite coming past the 150m mark.

Ryan Wiggins went for the whip on Courtesy Bus … to no avail, as Cornish pushed Boona Boy out and forged to the lead with the minimum of fuss, eventually crossing the line with a tidy one-and-a-half length margin back to the second placed Courtesy Bus.

The fact that the third place runner finished a full 4.80 lengths behind the winner underlined Boona Boy’s complete authority on the day.

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Jasmine Cornish ... off to a quick start at Townsville

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Jasmine Cornish ... off to a quick start at Townsville

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