2YO Classic puzzle starts to take shape

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By Darryn Nufer

The puzzle that is Rockhampton’s richest race is starting to take shape with two more juveniles staking their claims for next month’s $155,000 Capricornia Yearling Sale 2YO Classic (1200m).

While Adamdeeant and Our Girl Tamiya were not able to win at Callaghan Park on Thursday, their second and third placings respectively earned them valuable prize money to all but assure them a place in the April 13 feature.

While the winner of Thursday’s two-year-old race, the Garnett Taylor trained Better Than Ready gelding Bluey’s Ready, is not a local sales graduate the runs of the above-mentioned horses would have pleased their connections.

The Lyle Wright trained Our Girl Tamiya (Golden Archer – Sagre) now sits ninth in the Order of Entry for the 2YO Classic based on prize money earned while Matt Kropp’s Adamdeeant (Whittington – Sahifa) is perched 14th.

Sitting atop the ballot order is Fred Smith’s dual winner Tycoon Flyer (Tycoon Ruler – Princess Cinders) ahead of Ben Currie’s Jelviss (Hvasstan – Big Jet Plane) and Tom Button’s Woohoo Girl (Sidereus – Harley Ma).

Button’s other contender for the Classic, The Stockbroker (Sidereus – Special Deposit) has earned enough prize money to make the race but the hype around him has been dimmed after Thursday as he has now had four starts as either favourite or second elect in betting ($1.50; $1.65; $1.90; $3.30) and found others better each time.

There has been a street corner tip around for Tony Gollan’s filly Pull Anchor (Husson (ARG) – Mel’s Pocket) who is yet to be seen at the races having had two trials.

She’ll need prize money to make the 2YO Classic field so punters may want to keep an eye out for her in the coming weeks.

The Order of Entry for the 2YO Classic as of Thursday afternoon, can be viewed here: BALLOT ORDER

Marway on track for 3 & 4YO Championship

John O’Sing’s gifted three-year-old Marway is on track for the $105,000 Capricornia Yearling Sale 3 & 4YO Championship (1300m) after being narrowly beaten at his return to the races at Callaghan Park on Thursday.

Having his first run since November, the three-time winner was well rated in front by jockey Brad Pengelly but Marway’s condition might have just given out over the final stages of the 1100m event where he was nabbed on the line by Peter Fleming’s race fit Gracie Belle, ridden by Chris McIver.

He will take natural improvement from the hit-out and one thing is for sure – we’ll get more of a guide on his ability in the Championship race on April 13 with it being a combined-age event for the first time, including four-year-olds.

Don’t We Love a Birdsville Cup

The owners of Thursday’s Callaghan Park winner Don’t We Love It, formerly trained by John O’Sing and now in the care of Tracy Simmons at Mackay, are hopeful of heading towards the Birdsville Cup (1600m) at that historic race meeting on the first weekend in September with the seven-year-old gelding.

Don’t We Love It won as the second outsider in a field of five at Rockhampton courtesy of a smart last-to-first ride from David Simmons.

Fawke gets Adelaide Cup ride

Now South Australian-based jockey Sairyn Fawke, formerly a regular rider at Callaghan Park until he was involved in a nasty race fall in the Rockhampton Cup of 2015, tackles the biggest opportunity of his career on Monday when he rides Henry The Dolphin in the Group 2 Adelaide Cup (3200m).

The 28-year-old has ridden more than 200 winners and told Racing.com during the week that this will be his biggest individual thrill in racing in front of so many of his biggest supporters and friends.

“There’s always a huge crowd for the Adelaide Cup, it’s going to be very exciting hearing them as we go past the winning post with another lap to go,” Fawke said.

Yearling Sale catalogues now available

Catalogues for this year’s Capricornia Yearling Sale to be held at Rockhampton Showgrounds on Sunday, April 14, are now available at the Rockhampton Jockey Club office.

Racing back at headquarters

Racing is back at Callaghan Park next Saturday for the annual St Patrick’s Day meeting.

PHOTO: Gracie Belle (outside) mows down Marway at Callaghan Park on Thursday. Photo Matt Harris.    


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