Punter’s in for a great day at Callaghan Park – Article by Tony McMahon

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Punter’s in for a great day at Callaghan Park. Article by Tony McMahon

What a cracker of a race meeting the Rockhampton Jockey Club has on offer at Callaghan Park racecourse tomorrow FRIDAY and best of all it is a free gate.
The occasion is the annual running of the JRC/CQ Capras Breeders Plate Race Day and without word of a lie some of Capricornia’s best racehorses will be on display.
For example, Central Queensland’s best male juvenile from last season, the six times winning Master Jamie resumes racing as a 3YO in the $31K QTIS Handicap (1050m).
Next up just 38 minutes later, the extra talented trio of Barachiel; Spring Creek and Marway clash in the Open Handicap (1200m).
Emphasising the quality of the trio, is that between them they have won 23 races and $425,600 in prize money.
However, that is mere peanuts considering all up the seven runners in the race have tallied 67 victories for a whooping $1.3 million in stakes which is indeed big bickies!
Then the program becomes even more enthralling with the running of both heats of Central Queensland’s first race of the season for the two-years-olds.
Naturally, it is a case of the ladies going first with the $44,500 QTIS Fillies 2YO Breeders Plate (1050m) scheduled for 3.27pm.
The short-priced favourite for this race will be Tom Button’s Brisbane place getter, the Sidereus filly Miss Lot Won who is a Capricornia Yearling Sale graduate.
Button is ensuring Miss Lot One will be given every chance as he has engaged GROUP 1 (CORRECT) winning Brisbane jockey Matthew McGillivray for the CQ owned filly.
Incidentally, McGillivray rode at Flemington, Melbourne last Saturday during the VRC Derby card.
In fact, Button is set to play a principal role in the outcome of the Fillies Breeders Plate as he also has Golden Features (Les Tilley) and Champagne Trouble (Brad Pengelly) among the line-up.
The strength of Button’s juvenile stable is further revealed in the Colts and Geldings Breeders Plate (1050m) where he has Groovy Cat (McGillivray) and Irish Ring Kicker (Ryan Wiggins) entered to run.
Both heats of the Breeders Plate are filled with 10 youngsters apiece and historically they have produced some outstanding racehorses including more recently Better Reflection and Paradis Imperial
Maybe this time next year another star juvenile may be added to the list?
One of the main reasons why betting on Rockhampton TAB races is so popular is that punters can readily identify with the jockeys who ride at Callaghan Park.
For instance, Brisbane’s Matthew McGillivray; Ryan Wiggins; Les Tilley; Brad Pengelly and Nathan Day also usually ride at the metropolitan or SEQ provincial TAB meetings.
Then of course there is Rockhampton’s junior riding star Ellie Smith who sits comfortably in third placing presently on the Queensland jockey’s premiership table.
Not forgetting apprentice Thomas Doyle who is building quite a following as well as Rockhampton’s latest resident jockey Sonja Wiseman with six winners to her name already in the last six days.
Racing commences at what has all the markings of a “carnival” quality race meeting at Callaghan Park at 1.34pm and is a must attend for the serious racegoer and remember it costs nothing to do so.
So, go find your horses punters!

 

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