Several shades of grey to keep an eye on tomorrow
June 7, 2018
By Darryn Nufer
IN a rarity for Rockhampton racing, six of the eight races at Callaghan Park tomorrow will feature grey gallopers.
And punters looking for a plan of attack may well find a winner or two if they adopt the “follow the greys all day” system as many of them are leading contenders in their respective races.
The first cab off the rank is Jared Wehlow’s four-year-old grey gelding Hession Road in the opener.
The son of Pins is coming off back-to-back second placings at Mackay and Rockhampton respectively and with a couple of the other fancied runners needing pace on in their races, Hession Road may be able to take advantage of a forward position with the rail out 6m.
In the third event Jamie McConachy’s Dangerous Desire resumes in a handy Class 2 field but this four-year-old grey mare can gallop and on an each-way basis she could represent value.
Sunshine Coast trainer Garnett Taylor has a phenomenal 45% win strike rate when venturing to Callaghan Park this season and if his five-year-old grey gelding Bold And Groovy brings his A-game he’ll be hard to beat over the 1828m journey of race four.
Notably Ryan Wiggins makes a rare trip to Rocky to ride.
John Wigginton’s six-year-old gelding Our Neddy Boy (pictured) looks suitably placed over the 1400m trip of race five and his latest third over this course on May 22 suggested he’s ready to return to the winner’s circle again soon.
Two greys are set to line up in race six, Jim O’Shea’s Barachiel and Jared Wehlow’s Desert Grey, to be ridden by fly-in southern hoops Chris Whiteley and Ryan Wiggins respectively.
The former was a huge run last start at Mackay on May 15 when just pipped by King Torio who lines up in the race prior tomorrow.
If King Torio races well that could be a good pointer to Barachiel’s chances and importantly Whiteley, who was aboard last start, has again been lured for the mount.
Garnett Taylor saddles up three-year-old grey filly Miss Miao in the penultimate event and her recent Doomben form looks very good for this assignment.
Toowoomba trainer Steve Tregea has the other grey in the field in race seven, the filly Kopella, who was a last start Gold Coast maiden winner on May 19.
Whatever you do with your punting dollar tomorrow, you could do worse than hope the greys return you some gold.
The first race tomorrow is set to jump at 12.07pm with the last at 4.25pm.