Wehlow & Wiggins an in-form force

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By Darryn Nufer

ROCKHAMPTON trainer Jared Wehlow and Brisbane jockey Ryan Wiggins are forming a lethal combination after extending their hot form run at Callaghan Park on Thursday.

The duo tasted success when Colorado River romped away with a four-length victory to break his maiden status but perhaps more impressive is Wehlow’s 25% win strike rate since the beginning of July.

His last 39 runners have produced 10 wins – six of those in partnership with Wiggins.

Wiggins himself is white hot having scored aboard five of his last nine mounts and brought up a winning double when the Andrew Suli trained Nasty Gal won the final race on Thursday.

Looking ahead to next Thursday’s Rockhampton meeting and Wehlow could again have a strong hand with five of his horses among the early nominations.

Bronco drops in to Yeppoon trials

Brisbane Broncos hardman Josh McGuire dropped in to the barrier trials at Yeppoon yesterday for a look as he enjoys some family time at the Capricorn Coast following his team’s shock exit from the NRL finals race last weekend.

The other star on show at Keppel Park was Tony McMahon’s super mare Paradis Imperial who looked good winning an Open heat over 900m in a time of 52.90 seconds.

As stated previously in this column, punters should keep Paradis Imperial in their “black books” as a horse to be on this campaign.

The Tax Accountant sees dollar signs

Speaking of horses to follow, you won’t be getting any flash odds moving forward about Tom Button’s in-form gelding The Tax Accountant after he recorded back-to-back wins at Callaghan Park on Thursday (pictured) but he seems to have the QTIS prize money riches at his mercy this season as a three-year-old.

We watch with interest to see what level the graduate of our local Capricornia Yearling Sale can reach.

Apprentice Smith shows signs of improvement

Young apprentice jockey Elyce Smith remains in the Intensive Care Unit at Rockhampton Hospital after a nasty fall at the Thangool races last Saturday left her with serious injuries.

Family reported yesterday that Elyce was showing signs of improvement with her recovery.

RJC offer syndicate horse

If you’re looking for an affordable way to get into race horse ownership and have some fun along the way then a two-year-old filly being syndicated by the Rockhampton Jockey Club could be for you.

Trained by Fred Smith in Rockhampton, the filly by Dreamscape out of the Sebring mare Elledee, ran second in a 400m jump-out at Yeppoon yesterday.

RJC CEO Tony Fenlon said the club was looking to help people experience the thrill of race horse ownership and the initiative would hopefully attract some newcomers to the sport.

Five percent shares are being sold for $1500 which includes all costs until July next year and the filly is also paid up for the rich Capricornia Yearling Sale 2YO Classic (1200m) next April.

For more information on the syndicate contact Tony Fenlon on 0458 210 766.

Caulfield Cup Day bookings strong

People wanting to book in to reserved areas on the biggest race day on the Rockhampton calendar, St Peter’s Caulfield Cup Day on Saturday, October 20, will need to “get their skates on.”

The Grandstand Luncheon has already sold out and other venues are filling up quickly.

Details on packages are available on the RJC’s website www.callaghanpark.com.au

150 Years of Racing book available

The Rockhampton Jockey Club has released a commemorative book celebrating 150 years of racing.

Books can be purchased from the office at Callaghan Park for $20 each.

PHOTO: The Tax Accountant, ridden by Justin Stanley, cruises to victory at Callaghan Park on Thursday. Photo Matt Harris, Caught In The Act Photography. 

 

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