Rocky’s best 3YOs tackle QTIS Jewel

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By Tony McMahon

ROCKHAMPTON’S young gun three-year-old’s The Tax Accountant; Cyclone Topgirl and Gypsy Toff have drawn favourably for their biggest career test at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

They will clash in the $200,000 TAB QTIS 3YO Jewel (1200m) which is the undercard to the main event, the $500,000 Aquis QTIS 2YO Jewel (1200m).

Tom Button’s The Tax Accountant drew barrier two and will be ridden by former Melbourne jockey, the now Gold Coast based Ryan Maloney.

Lyle Wright prepared Cyclone Topgirl will jump from gate five under regular rider Nathan Day.

Gypsy Toff (pictured), former stablemate to The Tax Accountant will leave the barriers from the eight stall and will be ridden by Brisbane’s Larry Cassidy.

The trio have won 19 races between them with their stakes amounting to $511,000 which is rather astonishing considering all their wins have been in Central and North Queensland.

Both The Tax Accountant and Gypsy Toff became residents of Button’s training establishments after they were acquired from the 2017 Capricornia Yearling Sales (CYS) in Rockhampton.

The Tax Accountant (g Love Conquers All- Flo Jo x Danzero) topped the sale selling at $48,000 and has already won within $2000 of doubling that figure.

Gypsy Toff (f Toorak Toff – Aadelaidee x Keltrice) went for $25,000 and has proved a great investment returning $159,050.
Gypsy Toff is now under the guardianship of Brisbane’s Paul Butterworth, a temporary measure designed to take advantage of a more extensive menu of races in SEQ.

Neville Stewart’s Oaklands Stud will offer a half-sister by Sidereus to Gypsy Toff, listed as Lot 1 at the Capricornia Yearling Sales in Rockhampton on Sunday, April 14.

The filly, a half-sister to the other winners Doughty (8 wins); Penfold (5); Aadelad (4) and Rikishi (1) should ignite serious bidding right from the start of the sale.

Including Gypsy Toff, Aadelaidee has had five foals go racing and all are winners so it can’t get any better than that for would-be buyers.
Another CYL graduate chasing the bonus QTIS dollars at the Gold Coast on Saturday is Rockhampton owned but now Gold Coast trained Instinction gelding Lota Creek Gold.

Veteran Gold Coast mentor Harold Norman has Lota Creek Gold (Brooke Ainsworth) engaged in the $75,000 Class 6 Plate (1400m).
Lota Creek Gold is a winner of five of his 16 starts including a victory in Brisbane and should he win on Saturday he will collect for his owners double the first prize money of $42,700.

So too for that matter will Gavin Milner’s 10 times winner Allround Glory (Jag Guthmann-Chester) should the Carrara gelding win the NMW Handicap (900m).

That’s because the winners of the eight non-feature races on Saturday’s giant 10 race card, will all receive double advertised first prize money providing they are QTIS registered.

Rockhampton’s upcoming CYS 2YO Classic (1200m) to be run at Callaghan Park on Saturday April 13, is another fitting example of just how lucrative the QTIS scheme is for owners of registered horses.

For non-QTIS registered youngsters, the Classic provides $125,000 in prize money all up.

However, the distribution of prize money for eligible QTIS fillies is $143,000 while QTIS colts and geldings have a prize money pool of $137,00 to be divvied-up.

What about the added QTIS 2YO Maiden (1050m) the preceding day at Callaghan Park on Friday, April 12 which will be carved up at $37K (Fillies); $31K (Colts and Geldings) and $19K for non-QTIS horses.

“This is a new race to provide an opportunity for youngsters that may miss out on making the qualifying cut for the Classic. It is terrific money for connections”, the RJC’s Jeff Leaver said.

Speaking of which, the RJC already has 300 people “paid-up” to attend the Gala Ball at Callaghan Park on Saturday evening March 23 when Mick Lindsay will be the star performer under the stars that night.

“We still have some tickets left for sale but folk should get on to it quickly”, the RJC’s Kelly Suli said.

As for Saturday’s St Pat’s Day races at Callaghan Park, the grandstand luncheon tickets are sold out while there are still some tickets available for the Party Pavilion at $80.00 per person.

Fashions in the Field for categories Best Dressed Lady under 30; Over 30; Best Millinery and Best Dressed Gent will be judged commencing at 2pm sharp with finalists announced at 3.10pm.


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