Coome set for first runner as trainer

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By Darryn Nufer

FORMER top jockey Adrian Coome will saddle up his first runner as a trainer at the Rockhampton races on Thursday.

Coome (pictured) has four-year-old mare That’s Anna, which is raced by family, nominated for the Maiden Plate over 1200m.

Coome’s jockey comeback recently following a 12-month hiatus only lasted three rides and yesterday he revealed that his days race riding were more than likely over.

“I came back to give it a go again but I never really got into it,” the seven-time Rockhampton premiership winning hoop explained.

“I never really had the motivation to lose the weight or get back into the riding.

“Just the sweating and it wasn’t the same in the jockeys’ room.

“I didn’t have the drive that I used to and I’ve always said that if I didn’t have the drive to be the best, then there’s no point doing it.

“I’ve had the opportunity to get a couple of horses so it’s the right time to give training a go.”

Coome, 29, currently has four horses in his care and hopes to increase that number fairly quickly.

“Similar to when I was riding I want to try and keep a good strike rate and build from there,” he said.

“Success brings more success so if you get winners, and regularly, you’ll get more horses – it’s no different to riding.

“I’d like to get to 10 horses pretty quick and I should have a few more coming in the next couple of weeks.”

Coome said he would ride all of his horses’ work until the stable got too big for him to do so.

“I always had a hands-on approach to every stable I rode for and I think you get a much better idea of how the horses are going if you’re on their backs rather than watching from the grandstand.”

From the little boy coming to trackwork with his father who had ownership interests, to the premier jockey, to the trainer – you get the feeling there’s still more chapters to be written in the Adrian Coome racing story.

POC tax a sore point with many

Disgruntled Queensland thoroughbred racing bodies have threatened to strike over the State Government’s point of consumption tax.

Queensland’s point of consumption tax came into effect this week whereby bookmakers will have to pay a 15 per cent tax on revenue generated by Queensland-based punters.

The tax is predicted to pump up to $70 million into State Government coffers in its first year but thoroughbred bodies are not happy with the proposed returns (or lack of) to the industry.

The Courier Mail’s Nathan Exelby reported yesterday that a letter will be sent to Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, Racing Minister Stirling Hinchliffe and Treasurer Jackie Trad proposing an intention to take industrial action at Doomben, Gold Coast and Toowoomba on Cox Plate Day (October 27) and Melbourne Cup Day (November 6).

It’s reported the letter has backing from the Queensland Jockeys Association, Queensland Racehorse Owners Association, the Queensland branch of the Australian Trainers Association and Queensland Thoroughbred Breeders.

I reckon Gold Coast trainer Bryan Guy hit the nail on the head when he said on social media: “It’s a shame the Queensland Government has pushed the industry this far. For years the Queensland racing industry has been a hard-working tax payer for the state but now in our time of need they turn their backs on the industry. The industry has gone well past the crossroads and needs help.”

Pay-ups due for 2019 CYS Three & Four-Year-Old Race

People who purchased a horse from the 2017 Capricornia Yearling Sale in Rockhampton have until Friday to pay up for the three and four-year-old sales race in 2019.

The pay-up fee is $275 per horse and to be eligible for the race horses must have been paid up for this year’s Capricornia Yearling Sale Two-Year-Old Classic.

Payments have to be lodged with the Rockhampton Jockey Club office – (07) 4937 4000.

Racing back at headquarters

Racing returns to Callaghan Park on Thursday ahead of the biggest race day of the year, St Peter’s Caulfield Cup Day, on Saturday October 20.


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