$5k bargain buy wins Rocky Cup

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By Darryn Nufer

ROCKHAMPTON trainer Tony McMahon has prided himself on buying cheap yearlings and mentoring them into racehorses and today he turned a $5000 purchase into the 100th Rocky Cup winner.

Six-year-old mare Mamselle Corday, a $20 outsider in betting, fought off her 12 rivals courtesy of a dashing front-running ride from jockey Les Tilley and then had to survive a protest from the fourth-placed Cantbuybetter (Ben Currie – Brad Pengelly).

Last year’s Rocky Cup hero, Natalie McCall’s Colour Charge (Ryan Wiggins), finished second with Darryl Hansen’s Balboa Rocks (Micheal Hellyer) in third.

For McMahon, who has worn many caps over a 30-year association with the Rocky Winter Racing Carnival, from racehorse trainer, race caller, racing writer, television and radio commentator to being an advocate for racing stakeholders at appeal hearings, today’s Triple M Rocky Cup (1600m) victory provided a career highlight.

And in recent times hasn’t there been some highlights.

McMahon’s flying filly Paradis Imperial, purchased for $9000 has earned $361,375 on the racetrack, Shrouded ($11k purchase) has won $76,050, and today’s victory took Mamselle Corday’s earnings past the $178,000 mark.

“This is the greatest thrill, you always dream to win your hometown Cup,” McMahon said post race before being summonsed to the stewards room for the protest hearing.

“I’ve always loved Mamselle Corday, she’s been my favourite.”

McMahon had his first runner in a Rocky Cup back in 1988 when his galloper Konedobu ran third in the edition won by River Road.

Leading Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan won a new $30,000 Mitsubishi 4×4 ute put up as a prize by the Rockhampton Jockey Club and Tropical Auto Group for the leading trainer over Rocky Newmarket and Cup Days.

Trainers earned points for placings in the 16 races over the two days on a 3-2-1 basis.

PHOTO: The connections of Mamselle Corday in the KPG Winners Room at Callaghan Park including trainer Tony McMahon (third from right).

 

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