Rocky benefits from prize money boosts

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By Darryn Nufer

THIS week’s announcement from Racing Queensland that prize money for standard races at Rockhampton would increase from $12,000 to $14,000 was music to the ears of local participants.

And the good news is – there is more good news. Read on.

The $2000 per-race stakes boosts for all provincial clubs, to take effect from February 1, were long overdue and follows a recent Queensland government commitment of $70 million to fund non-TAB thoroughbred racing over the next four years.

No doubt the recent Tabcorp merger with Tatts gave Racing Queensland the ability to move quickly with the prize money announcements delivered this week coinciding with the annual Magic Millions racing and sales carnival at the Gold Coast.

While nothing has yet been confirmed, it is believed some of our feature races including the Rocky Cup and Newmarket, both currently $100,000 races, will also get prize money boosts.

We wait with great anticipation on that front.

Rockhampton Jockey Club CEO Tony Fenlon said in total Rocky would receive an additional $575,000 in race prize money as a result of this week’s announcements.

Some of the confirmed boosts for Rocky in 2018 include:

  • Tatt’s Cup (1600m) and Tatt’s Sprint (1200m) both rise from $25,000 to $30,000 races.
  • Rocky Amateurs Cup (1600m) and Rocky Amateurs Bracelet (1200m) both rise from $21,000 to $30,000 races.
  • Three support races on Rocky Amateurs Day will carry $15,000 prize money.
  • On Rocky Cup Day, five support races will be worth $25,000 each.
  • On Rocky Newmarket Day, five support races will be worth $20,000 each.

In a significant change, this year’s Tattersall’s Cup race meeting at Callaghan Park has been switched from Saturday, June 23, to Sunday June 24, allowing for a total prize money boost of $20,000 for the day.

The Tattersall’s Cup feature (1600m) will carry $30,000 prize money and there will also be a $15,000 support race on the day.

Five other races will carry $12,000 prize money.

The beauty of the move to Sunday is the Rockhampton meeting will be the only one in Queensland that day and all races will be broadcast on Sky Racing 1.

This lifts the total prize money on the day from $85,000 in 2017 to $105,000 this year.

Apprentice jockey Lachlan Dodds (pictured) put on a clinic at Callaghan Park on Thursday with his first provincial winning treble courtesy of Our Neddy Boy, Annie’s Our Hero and Stellar Knight.

His services will be in demand at upcoming meetings as he’s in good form and still claims three kilograms.

Central Queensland buyers were active at this week’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Among those who purchased were Alan and Jennifer Acton who paid $450,000 for Lot 418, a bay filly (Snitzel – Urban Groove) offered by Newgate Farm of Scone, New South Wales.

The couple has Outback Barbie running in today’s $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast.

Ron Beak secured Lot 457, a bay filly for $50,000 offered on account of Grandview, Peak Crossing, Queensland.

Rocky sprinter Conca Del Sogno has to overcome a wide barrier (11) to win today’s $250,000 Magic Millions Country Cup (1200m) at the Gold Coast.

If he can do so it would be a career highlight for Rocky jockey Ashley Butler who will be riding up against the likes of Hugh Bowman, Damien Oliver, Blake Shinn, Tye Angland and Brenton Avdulla.

Racing returns to Callaghan Park on Thursday.


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