Transition starts on right hoof for Coome

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By Darryn Nufer

During his time as a jockey Adrian Coome was renowned for his strike rate and while it’s only early days, it appears that characteristic has carried over to his training career.

The first runner that Coome saddled up as a trainer on October 11 was a winner and from his eight starters to date, remarkably only one has been unplaced.

His second training victory during the week with Attique at Callaghan Park has his win strike rate sitting at 40% while his place strike rate is a phenomenal 87.5%.

Time will no doubt eat into those figures but the seven-time Rocky premiership winning hoop would be delighted with the way he has started the new chapter in his racing life.

More wins in store for Durif

While we’re looking at figures, the win of the Jared Wehlow trained Durif at Callaghan Park on Tuesday looked more impressive upon analysing the time the four-year-old son of Commands clocked over the 1400m.

Stepping up in grade, the Class 3 eligible Durif won the Class 6 set weights event by 3.25 lengths in a time of 1:22.08 – the fifth fastest time run over the Rocky 1400m in the past five years.

With four wins now from nine career starts, it’s fair to say there’s a bit of upwards about the former Sydneysider who was under the care of James Cummings when trained there.

Wigginton reflects on what might have been

Rockhampton trainer John Wigginton is likely to produce his impressive Breeders’ Plate winning filly Better Reflection again at Callaghan Park on December 18.

The daughter of in-form sire Better Than Ready was nominated for a QTIS Two-Year-Old event at Mackay on Thursday but the race didn’t hold up due to insufficient acceptances.

“She’s ready to go with no-where to go,” a frustrated Wigginton said this week.

RJC welcomes new committeeman

The Rockhampton Jockey Club now has an eight-person committee with Ian Mill the latest addition this month.

Mill has more than 30 years’ board level experience across the public, commercial and not-for-profit sectors.

He currently holds a role as compliance committee member with local financial services company, The Investment Collective.

Age shall not weary Green Empire

Rockhampton trainer Tom Button has his veteran galloper, the nine-year-old Green Empire, in the $75,000 Country Cups Challenge Race (1600m) at Doomben today.

Matthew McGillivray takes the ride from barrier 12.

Jared Wehlow is the only Rocky trainer venturing to Townsville tomorrow and has Damn Fine and Despirito engaged, both to be ridden by Ric McMahon.

3YO Championship on radar for Lota Creek Gold

Former Central Queensland galloper Lota Creek Gold, still raced by Rockhampton interests and now with Gold Coast trainer Harold Norman, recorded a lead-all-the-way victory in a Benchmark 80 event over 1800m at his new home track on Wednesday.

The son of Instinction is paid up for the lucrative Three and Four-Year-Old Championship race (1300m) in Rockhampton next April which is exclusive to Capricornia Yearling Sale graduates so a return to Callaghan Park is inevitable.

Instinction, who is also the sire of star Rocky mare Paradis Imperial, currently stands at Palm Valley Thoroughbreds at Tungamull in Central Queensland.

Racing back at headquarters

Racing returns to Callaghan Park next Saturday which is shaping as a bumper day with more than a dozen businesses and groups holding end-of-year/Christmas functions trackside.

PHOTO: Durif was an impressive winner at Callaghan Park during the week. Photo courtesy of Matt Harris. 


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