Gold Coast Sale points to money well spent by trainers! Article by Tony McMahon

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Fittingly, virtually on the eve of Rockhampton’s biggest race meeting of the year, local trainers were active at the Gold Coast Magic Millions of Horses in Training Sale over the last two days.

Saturday heralds the St Peters Caulfield Cup Day races at Callaghan Park where the track and surrounds are in pristine condition for the glitzy race day.

While all the on-course luncheons and functions are a “sell out”, Rockhampton Jockey Club CEO Tony Fenlon said there were “plenty of general admissions tickets still available”.

“We have ample shady facilities created around the racecourse for patrons to take advantage of. The race fields look very strong competition wise and it promises to be a fabulous day for racegoers of all ages”, Fenlon said.

Young Callaghan Park based trainer Adrian Coome will likely start three horses at the St Peters meeting – Cavellton; Miraculous and Ascot Princess.

At the Gold Coast on Tuesday and Wednesday, Coome had his eyes on the lucrative prize money on offer by the Rockhampton Jockey Club in the forthcoming 2YO racing season.

He purchased three youngsters from what is best known as the “Ready to Run Sales”.

For $10,000, Coome bought an All Too Hard -Lady Promise x More Than Ready filly listed as Lot 41 while at half that price he got both a colt by Oamaru Force as well as a Love Conquers All colt.

Fellow trainer Jim Rundle, one of the older statesmen now among the local training ranks, once again bought at the Gold Coast Sale, a concept he has been supporting for years.

Rundle paid $10K for a fully paid QTIS colt by Excites (Lot 102) as well as buying an Exosphere (x Lonrho) colt for $7K as Lot 26.

Kerrod Smyth also took a liking to the progeny of the Danewin entire Excites getting Lot 51 a colt from a Falvelon mare for $8K.

Tom Button, who is likely to become a regular Rockhampton racer from his new Sunshine Coast base, paid $13K for Lot 201, a colt by Spill The Beans from the four times winning Benico mare Beggin

After being nominated and scratched in recent weeks, Button’s two CQ owned juveniles Miss Lot One (Jake Bayliss) and The Silver Lady (Luke Tarrant) will start at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

Rockhampton owned Casino Thoughts (Rikki Palmer), now a Gold Coaster with Harold Norman runs at Eagle Farm with 58.5kg in the $75K 1MW Handicap (1000m).

Queensland Oaks runner-up, the CQ owned Dawson Diva is the best placed horse in Australia on Saturday as she will contest a set-weights Class 3 Plate (1600m) at Eagle Farm under the luxury weight of 55.5kg.

Even allowing for the fact the mare is second-up from a spell, Dawson Diva is entitled to race formidably under the race conditions.

Flying Rocky filly Better Reflection drew well at barrier 5 for her engagement in the $110K QTIS 3YO Handicap (1200m) in which she takes on the colts and geldings making it a solid test for her.

There will strong CQ connections when both champion mare Sunlight and Bellflyer contest feature races at Randwick on Saturday.

GROUP I (CORRECT) star Sunlight, partly owned by Emerald businessman Dan Fletcher and family, looms as one of the top picks in the world’s richest race, the $14 Million TAB Everest (1200m).

Thangool owned Bellflyer will be out to emulate its winning performance in last year’s $1.3M The Kosciuszko (1200m) when it runs first-up in the race.

At the Mackay TAB races today THURSDAY Rockhampton is represented by a number of starters including Allround Glory; Rocky Poet; Boss Baby; Helluva Hoffa and Crime Boss.


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