Button has big opinion of Gypsy Toff

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By Darryn Nufer

Premier Rockhampton trainer Tom Button always knew he had a good race horse on his hands in Gypsy Toff and Thursday’s victory at Callaghan Park franked that opinion.

Returning to the races for the first time since running fourth in April’s rich Capricornia Yearling Sale 2YO Classic, the three-year-old daughter of Toorak Toff and her jockey Justin Stanley toyed with rivals winning the QTIS 3YO Handicap (1050m) by almost two lengths over Lyle Rowe’s Legal Ties who herself is no slouch.

It was Gypsy Toff’s second win from four starts and Button put a big rap on the filly following the win.

“I was very impressed with her today, she’s run good time and broke 33 (seconds) on the way home and to my mind she’s probably only 80 or 85 percent fit,” Button said.

“She’ll take a lot of benefit out of this, she’s a very impressive horse.

“She’s always shown above average ability.

“She ran third in Brisbane behind a couple of smart ones at her second career start and the 1200m of the 2YO Classic at that stage of her prep was probably a bit beyond her but this prep we’ll look to get her out to six furlongs at some stage.”

Gypsy Toff, owned by the Sparrow family, seemingly has the lucrative QTIS prize money at her mercy as a three-year-old and Button doesn’t have to do much more than target those races.

“It’s good money especially for a filly so we’d be mad not to,” he said.

“She’s pretty handy.

“She’s as good a young horse as I’ve ever had that’s for sure.”

Bargain buy gets the cash

Racing always finds a way to deliver a “bargain buy” story.

Take the owners of Thursday’s Rockhampton winner Changing Currency who acquired the galloper for nothing as he was unwanted by the people who had him previously.

Not only did the six-year-old gelding earn $9100 prize money for connections on Thursday but at least one of the owners was chuffed at securing $71 fixed odds about him winning.

“Just too bad I couldn’t get any more than $50 on,” the owner said with regards to the corporate bookmaker which took the bet.

Still, not a bad day in anyone’s currency, pun intended!

Smith continues good run

Last season’s leading Rockhampton apprentice jockey Elyce Smith has kicked off the new season in fine style with a win and three second placings at Callaghan Park on Thursday.

Can she challenge for jockey premiership honours this season or will Justin Stanley continue his golden run and go back-to-back?

It’s only early days but Stanley again sits atop the Rockhampton premiership table.

Rocky gallopers tackle Cairns Cup

Two Rockhampton gallopers, Chivadahlii (Jamie McConachy) and I Can I Will I Am (Tim Cook), line up in today’s $100,000 Cairns Cup (2100m).

Glenda Bell’s Emerald-trained veteran Fastnet Flyer also tackles the feature.

Column celebrates 100th edition

This racing column celebrates its 100th editon today.

Over the past couple of years it has been a pleasure to keep racing fans up-to-date with the latest happenings in local racing and many exclusive stories along the way.

People regularly stop me at the races and say how much they enjoy reading the column each week and that positive feedback certainly makes it worthwhile.

Thanks must go to The Morning Bulletin for allowing me the space each Saturday which is a reflection of the newspaper’s commitment to local sport and local people.

Rocky racing returns August 23

Racing returns to Callaghan Park on Thursday, August 23.

PHOTO: Gypsy Toff, ridden by Justin Stanley, cruises to victory at Callaghan Park on Thursday. Photo Matt Harris, Caught In The Act Photography. 


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