102 Horses Nominated for Next Week’s RJC Meeting

Published 12 August 2022

102 Horses Nominated for Next Week’s RJC Meeting

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Rockhampton trainer Clinton Taylor has taken to the road again this week and bobs up at Eagle Farm in Brisbane on Saturday with two starters. They are Betterdeel (Samantha Collet) in the opening race the $125K QTIS 3YO BM 72 (1500m) and The Egyptian (Kyle Wilson-Taylor) running in the $75,000 NMW (1000m).

Rockhampton owned horses are set to play a major role in the latter race as Chezblack now with Lindsay Hatch and Annabel Neasham’s acquisition Lepreezy will also start. Lepreezy, a winner of nine races when trained in Rockhampton by Angele Stephens looks ideally placed with just 52.5kg and looks a genuine winning chance.

Clinton Taylor is confident that both Betterdeel and The Egyptian will race well. He was particularly upbeat about dual winner Betterdeel’s prospects and not surprisingly given the race consistency of the filly. ” She has been crying out for a trip and I feel the 1500 metres of the race will really suit. It looks a good race for her and it does not appear to be overly strong. However, they are never easy to win”, he conceded.

Stablemate The Egyptian, a winner of 11 races and seven over the 1000 metres trip disappointed Taylor at his last start when 12thh at Doomben. “Before that he was very honest and consistent. The better draw (rails) will help on Saturday”, Taylor said.

Taylor, last season’s premier Rockhampton trainer would dearly love to tick off a bucket list win in Brisbane. “I haven’t won a race in the city so all I can do is keep the fingers crossed”, he said.

Taylor also has four entries for next Thursday’s Rockhampton TAB race meeting where a total of 102 horses have been nominated making it the best off-season list for a considerable time.

Horses are in from Brisbane, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast, Charleville, Roma, Taroom, Bundaberg, Eidsvold, Emerald, Thangool and Mackay as well as 52 from Rockhampton. Locally, the Gladstone Turf Club expects a huge turnout for its annual Cup Day races at Ferguson Park racecourse on Saturday.

In total 47 horses have been declared to run at the well-appointed Ferguson Park track where facilities include a huge undercover betting ring with ample table and seating in place. As well numerous marquees are going to be erected adjacent to that facility to cater to the anticipated crowd.

“We are elated with the early bookings and the vibe around the place is very positive for Saturday’s Cup meeting. As well we have 11 jockeys riding on the day which is always very satisfying given the shortages that have been occurring. They are coming from as far afield as Roma, Miles, Nanango, Gympie, the Sunshine Coast plus of course Rockhampton”, GTC president David Weinert said.

The $12K Iron Jack Gladstone Cup (1608m) will only have the four starters and is similar to the recent Middlemount Cup field which also attracted that number.

“It is going to be an exciting race as both Barachiel and Grand De Lago fought out the finish of that race a fortnight ago. Grand De Lago’s style of racing is to use tearaway leading tactics whereas Barachiel gets back and finishes hard. It will be a great spectacle as the layout at Ferguson Park is like an amphitheatre allowing for the crowd to watch the races at close range looking down over the track”, Weinert said.

In the Middlemount Cup (1475m) on July 30, Barachiel raced away on the spacious dirt track to win by 5.5 lengths but it could be a different story on the tight turning circular Gladstone sand track.

Barachiel trained by Jim O’Shea and again to be ridden by his last start Cup winning jockey Tasha Chambers only has to carry and extra kilo at 64.5kg on Saturday. Because Grand De Lago’s apprentice jockey Brooke Johnson has forfeited 1kg of her claiming allowance, that horse will meet Barachiel at identical weight terms again. A ghostly grey, almost white in colour these days, 9-Y-0 Barachiel has been a grand performer winning 14 races and recording 25 placings for earnings of $262,775.

Neither he nor Grand De Lago, two years his junior have ever raced on a sand circuit.

Local Ferguson Park trainer Ian Prizeman has assured that Svindal, topweight with 62.5kg for the Diceys Liquor Warehouse Gladstone Newmarket (1194m) won’t have to carry much dead weight. This has come about through Prizeman engaging heavyweight SEQ jockey Paul Hamblin who weights in around 61kg.

A dual Gladstone winner and last start winner of the $17K Bundaberg Cup (1380m) on July 23, Svindal has been in dynamic form. In what looms as a very open Newmarket, Svindal through his liking for sand tracks, is the logical horse to beat.

Local racing commences at 1pm with gates opening much earlier with punters guaranteed of one of the biggest bookmakers’ rings in country Queensland in operation.

Tony McMahon


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