Long awaited St Peter’s Caulfield Cup Race Day is HERE!!! -Article by Tony McMahon

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The long-awaited St Peters School Rockhampton Caulfield Cup Race Day has finally arrived and all is set for a brilliant day’s racing at Callaghan Park racecourse.

Today’s SATURDAY glitzy affair is set to attract thousands of racegoers comprising in the main the younger set while it will cater for patrons of all ages.

Gates at Callaghan Park will open at the much earlier time of 10.30am with registrations for the Rocks Bar and Restaurant Yeppoon Fashion in the Field taking place immediately.

Callaghan Park has been all “decked out” for the glamourous afternoon of racing, socialising and partying, with marquees while the shaded former bookmakers ring will host extravagant luncheons which are completely booked out.

“We have had a tremendous response from the people of Rockhampton and outside areas. The bookings for functions that were advertised has been phenomenal. We are particularly grateful for all the sponsors and the fabulous

work the committees and their workers have contributed from St Peters School in Rockhampton”, Rockhampton Jockey Club CEO Tony Fenlon said.

While handing out plaudits, Fenlon also praised Racing Queensland for extending the local racing program to a stretch of seven races.

This came about when RQ divided the $27K QTIS 3YO Maiden (1050m) when 21 horses accepted to race.

“Credit where credit is due. RQ made two divisions of the QTIS race and allocated $27K full prize money for both divisions. It doesn’t get any better than that. Hats off to them”, Fenlon said.

Indeed so, as by splitting the race RQ has bolstered the confidence of owners and trainers to acquire yearlings at the forthcoming sales in the New Year knowing that they will get a “run for their buck”.

Listed as races four and five, the Lyle Rowe trained Bonny’s Treasure (TACB 10) is weighted to score an upset win in the first division of the QTIS 3YO.

Apprentice Thomas Doyle will bring the Hidden Dragon filly in with a feather weight with Craiglea Lizzy (TAB 8) and Esqueleto (TAB 1) the hardest to beat.

Garnett Taylor trained Sunshine Coaster Flying Blonde (TAB 6) looks the winner under Nathan Thomas in the second heat (Race 6) while Keptinthedark (TAB 3) and Black Saga (TAB 5) will run well.

The feature race is the opening event at 12.26pm, the Carly-Mae Pye Memorial Open Handicap (1300m).

The race is run each October to commemorate Rockhampton jockey Carly-Mae Pye who died aged 26 in October 2014, as a result of injuries occurred from a fall from a horse at Callaghan Park in a trial.

While the race my be small in numbers it is huge in sentiment with the late jockey’s partner, the trainer Tim Cook having two of the five starters.

His Conca Del Sogno (TAB 2) is well placed to win while it’s stablemate Scorcha (TAB 3) must also be respected.

While trainer John Wigginton will be away at Eagle Farm, Brisbane with the brilliant Better Reflection, he will be represented at Callaghan Park by Miss De Mirage (TAB 5) in Race 3.

Once again, the benefit of Thomas Doyle’s 3kg claim will bring Miss De Mirage in with a huge winning chance having to carry only 51kg.

Adrian Coome’s Cavellton (Race 2 – TAB 1) looks the day’s best bet in the Class 4 Plate (1600m) even allowing for the fact the Your Song gelding has not raced for five weeks.

It will be a grand training effort by Coome should Cavellton salute as he has never attempted the 1600 metres previously.

John O’Sing’s Love’s Best Hope looks ready to win in Race 6 as TAB 5 while the last race at 4.07pm has winning chances galore.

Toni Hall’s in-form Ultimate Gold (Race 7 – TAB 6) has handicapping in its favour but at long last the Clinton Taylor trained Finucane Missile (TAB 8) has drawn a good barrier.

The pair should fight out the finish on what will bring racing to a close but it’s a sure bet the party at Callaghan Park will go on for much longer.


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