Rocky horses head to Brissy! Article by Tony McMahon
November 23, 2019
Rockhampton trainer Jim O’Shea is convinced his close stable stars Barachiel and Spring Creek, known as “the inseparables” are both good chances in their Brisbane engagements at Doomben races today. SATURDAY.
The pair arrived at their temporary country base some 20kms west of Kilcoy around 9am yesterday FRIDAY after a float trip down travelling through the early hours of the morning.
O’Shea reported the pair of hardened travellers handled the trip comfortably and arrived in good shape.
“They handled the float trip well and it was trouble free apart from the fact that we hit a kangaroo on the way down but there wasn’t much damage except the front bar on the car”, O’Shea said.
Both horses have been raced by the O’Shea family on lease from former trainer and close friend Peter Bell at whose property they are based for their Doomben assignments.
“They have settled in well at Peter’s place and are used to each other’s company as it is well known they are virtually always together at home (Gracemere stables) and at track work at Callaghan Park and usually as well at the races”, O’Shea said.
He said given their recent solid form in Rockhampton he cannot see why the pair won’t race well and be considered good chances.
Spring Creek (Race 5 – TAB 10), career winner of eight races is coming off back- to- back Rockhampton wins over 1200 metres at her two starts from a spell.
A winner to 1500 metres, the five-years-old mare runs in the BM 80 Handicap (1350m) with the lightweight of 54kg and was quoted around a $10.00 chance in early betting markets.
Barachiel (R 6 – TAB 2) a placegetter in this year’s Rockhampton and Mackay Newmarket Handicaps is at a much shorter price in the 1MW Handicap (1100m).
He too will be ridden by Elly Smith who will claim the full three kilograms on him thereby reducing the weight to a much appreciated 54.5kg.
First-up at Callaghan park on October 25, Barachiel won over today’s SATURDAY race trip of 1100 metres before going down narrowly to Spring Creek when carrying 61.5kg over 1200 metres there on November 8.
Rockhampton will be represented by five Doomben starters today. SATURDAY
Mick Attard’s handy middle-distance performer Option (R 3 – TAB 9) contests the BM 70, 2020 metres with regular jockey Nathan Thomas maintaining the mount.
As well Fred Smith’s Tycoon Flyer (R 4 – TAB 9) performs in the Class 3 Plate (1350m) as does Kevin Hansen’s Magic Wu (TAB 3).
Elly Smith will ride Tycoon Flyer while Michael Hellyer has been engaged for Magic Wu.
The exodus from Rockhampton stables to Brisbane is likely to continue over the coming weeks with Master Jamie and Better Reflection aimed for race assignments there.
The Rockhampton Jockey Club is really starting to get into the Christmas spirit especially for its race meeting at Callaghan park on Saturday, December 7.
A Festive Buffet costed at $30 is scheduled for The Members as well as a huge “all you can eat” prawns and oysters seafood feast titled Xmas Party at The Park is planned for under the covered betting ring.
The latter, a new concept has already been warmly received and bookings at $80 a head are being taken at the RJC.
The Xmas Party at The Park luncheon afternoon will also offer entertainment and the RJC’s Kelly Suli said early bookings for both luncheons were essential.
The club has a number of other special events planned for the Saturday, December 7 race day which will be announced in full next week.