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More than six decades in the business hasn’t dented Mick Hood’s enthusiasm for racing.

Although his team is now down to nine, the veteran trainer still gets up early every morning to supervise his horses at Rosehill with the star of the moment Al’s Gold, a winner on his home track on Saturday.

Ridden by Blake Spriggs, Al's Gold ($14) came down the middle of the track to beat Irish Dream ($14) by a long neck - Photo by Steve Hart

“It’s nice to win a race at any time but these owners have been solid so it’s extra nice,” Hood said.

“I’m 76 now. I started riding in 1952 when I was 15 and stopped riding when I was 30 and have been training ever since.

“I’ve got nine in work and a pony who eats more than the horses.

“I still get up every morning and I still enjoy it.

“I’ve also got a dog and if I didn’t turn up he’d go berserk.”

Ridden by Blake Spriggs, Al’s Gold ($14) came down the middle of the track to beat Irish Dream ($14) by a long neck in the City Extra Restaurants Handicap (1500m) with the same margin to favourite Sindarin ($2.80) third.

 
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