2019 JRT/CQ CAPRAS Breeder’s Plate Race Day – Preview by Tony McMahon
November 7, 2019
2019 JRT/CQ CAPRAS Breeder’s Plate Race Day
Preview – Article by Tony McMahon
On a race day in which the “fly-in” brigade of SEQ jockeys seem likely to dominate, Brisbane jockey Ryan Wiggins has a class book of rides at Rockhampton’s Callaghan Park racecourse today. FRIDAY
Rather surprisingly for a jockey of his class who can boast a winning strike rate of 20% and placegetter SR of 47% at Callaghan Park in recent times, Wiggins only has the four engagements.
However, that foursome Zabring (Race 1 – TAB 4); Irish Ring Kicker (R 5 – TAB 10); Doom (R 6 -TAB 4) and Meatball (R 7 – TAB 4) have outstanding winning prospects.
Wiggins’ first ride is the Clinton Taylor trained Sebring gelding Zabring in the Class 1 (1050m) at 1.34pm.
The jockey is already in the good books with Taylor after that trainer’s Cash Strapped put up a remarkable winning effort coming from tailed-off before running away to win at Gladstone on Tuesday.
“I have to thank Ryan Wiggins for that win. He kept telling me this horse (Cash Strapped) needed a tongue tie and he has been proven correct”, Taylor said straight after the win.
Chances are Wiggins will be popular with the young trainer after the first race today FRIDAY as Zabring followed a Rocky Maiden win over 1200 metres with a good fourth in a similar Class 1 at his last start on October 25.
The speed should be intense and the race run to suit Zabring with the interesting runner being the now Glenda Bell trained Brook’s Pleasure (TAB 5 -Nathan Day).
A daughter of glamour stud Hinchinbrook, when trained by Jamie McConachy in Rockhampton as a 2017/18 season juvenile, Brook’s Pleasure was hailed as a likely local superstar.
However, that boom never materialised and Brook’s Treasure is now with her third trainer but interestingly Bell has engaged Day the filly’s regular partner in her juvenile days.
Day had a huge opinion of Brook’s Pleasure as after riding her to victory in a Rocky 2YO Maiden 1100 metres on February 16, 2018 he believed she could win the upcoming $100K CYS 2YO Classic (1200m).
That she did not instead finishing sixth behind Wicked Ways.
Brook’s Pleasure has only raced twice since after a 14 months layoff for unplaced but albeit handy efforts at Gatton and Toowoomba in June and July this year.
She resumes again today FRIDAY so her presence will prove interesting.
Back to Ryan Wiggins who teams with Tom Button with the Sebring gelding Irish Ring Kicker (Race 5 – TAB 10) in the 2YO Colts and Geldings Breeders Plate (1050m).
Irish Ring Kicker is the only youngster in the 10-horse field that has raced which he did at Eagle Farm on November 2 for 9.7 lengths sixth of seven in a $110,000 2YO Handicap (1000m) won by Rothfire.
Experience is worth its weight in gold for young racehorses so that is a big plus for Irish Ring Kicker who by the way was far from disgraced at Eagle Farm just six days ago.
Wiggins next ride is Ricky Vale trained Doom in the Class 4 (1200m).
Doom, a son of Natural Destiny, is far better suited in this event than when at his last start was three lengths third at his Callaghan Park debut behind Ladyada in a Class 3 (1200m) on October 3.
In the last race today FRIDAY, Wiggins has the mount on another Vale runner, the ultra-consistent Meatball in the Class 2 (1400m).
Meatball looks ideally placed on weights as he drops 2.5 kilograms from a game narrow defeat by Blue Seal in a 1600 metres BM 55 at this track on October 25.
There will be tremendous interest today FRIDAY around the appearance of Master Jamie in the $31K QTIS 3YO (1050m) and Tom Button’s Miss Lot Won in the $44.5K 2YO Fillies Breeders Plate (1050m).
At Eagle Farm races in Brisbane tomorrow SATURDAY, Rockhampton trainer John Wigginton has strong winning hopes with All Eez (R 2 – TAB 1) and Hanover Square (R 8 -TAB 1).