Apprentice Krogh to link with Munce stable

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By Darryn Nufer

ROCKHAMPTON apprentice jockey Quayde Krogh is heading to Brisbane on a three-month loan to high-profile trainer Chris Munce.

The 26-year-old said he hoped to have the paperwork finalised within the next fortnight and was looking forward to the opportunity to not only link with a powerful stable at Eagle Farm but a former champion jockey in Munce.

Munce, best known for winning the 1998 Melbourne Cup on Jezabeel, a Caulfield Cup on Descarado, Cox Plate on Savabeel and Golden Slippers aboard Prowl and Dance Hero will no doubt be able to pass on a wealth of riding knowledge and tutelage to Krogh.

Krogh, who originates from Brisbane and has been based in Rockhampton with trainer Jamie McConachy for the past couple of years, said he was also looking forward to being closer to family and friends back home.

Meanwhile veteran Rocky hoop John Stephens returned to trackwork riding this week after a lengthy injury-enforced layoff.

Stephens, 57, said he hoped to gain medical clearance to ride in races within two months.

In-form apprentice jockey Lachlan Dodds outrode his three-kilogram claim at Callaghan Park on Thursday courtesy of a winning double aboard Mason’s Chance (Olivia Cairns) and Cyclone Fugitive (Lyle Wright).

Dodds leads the Rocky apprentice title race with 11 winners for the season ahead of Elyce Smith (9) and he will still be in high demand with a 2kg allowance the way he is riding.

Undoubtedly the jockey to follow at the moment at Callaghan Park is Brisbane fly-in hoop Nathan Day who rode a winning treble on Thursday.

The Rocky race meeting prior he landed a double.

Rocky trainer Tim Cook has decided to spell his star sprinter Conca Del Sogno who had soreness issues following his run at the Gold Coast on Magic Millions day.

Tom Button’s Cleveland Bay winner Heartbreak Harry was scratched from Rocky on Thursday to run at Doomben today in a $70,000 Benchmark 85 Handicap (1350m).

Apprentice Zoe White, who recently departed the large Tony Gollan stable and is now based with Billy and Dale Healey at the Sunshine Coast, will ride Heartbreak Harry.

Button was all smiles after his two-year-old Wicked Grimshaw (Wicked Style (USA) – Harley Ma) won his maiden impressively at Callaghan Park on Thursday at just his second career start.

The chestnut gelding (pictured) still has a bit to learn about racing but the ability is certainly evident and the rich Capricornia Yearling Sale Classic (1200m) at Callaghan Park in April will be his main target this preparation.

Button also has talented juvenile Ruby Georgie, owned in the same interests, heading towards the feature sales race.

When asked which was his best two-year-old, Button replied: “I’ve always thought Wicked Grimshaw but there’s not much between them.”

The barrier trials scheduled for Yeppoon on Friday will now be held at Rockhampton, starting at 8.30am.

The venue change was necessary due to unexpected remedial works at Keppel Park.

Packages and tickets are now available for the annual St Patrick’s Day Races at Callaghan Park on Saturday, March 17.

For details see the Rockhampton Jockey Club website (www.callaghanpark.com.au) or phone the club on (07) 4937 4000.

Racing returns to Callaghan Park on Thursday.

 

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