21st Celebrations for the Rocky Girls Grammar Raceday This Saturday.

Published 13 June 2023

21st Celebrations for the Rocky Girls Grammar Raceday This Saturday.

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In an about way, Saturday’s Rockhampton Girls Grammar School race day at Callaghan Park is the unofficial commencement of Rockhampton’s Winter Racing Carnival.

Well, if that may be a tad far-fetched, it could not be argued that the glamour race day will certainly be an appetiser of what is to come over the next 25 days.

Celebrating the 21st rendition of such a race day at Callaghan Park, the committee of the RGGS has gone all out to ensure the day is an outstanding success.

Winners won’t just be found on the Callaghan Park track in the form of 57 horses entered to race.

Indeed not, as a monster raffle in which thousands of dollars in prizes have been donated by local businesses is already up and running with tickets being sold online.

Sponsors Thommo’s Betta Electrical, Johnson’s 4WD, Lowes BP Rockhampton, Repco, Sisters and Co Hair Studio, Chapter by Jordies Photography, Effekt Beauty Clinic, Great Western Hotel, CocoBrew, Rosenberg Motorcycles, Australian Bay Lobster Producers and Eat Train Succeed Compound have all joined in with prizes.

The theme for Saturday’s RGGR centers around the Roaring Twenties and organisers are expecting a large turnout of period fashion from that era.

Hundreds of bookings have been taken for various functions on the Callaghan Park grounds for Saturday which augurs well for the success of the day which has long been a given.

All the details are available on the relevant websites and Facebook pages of the Rockhampton Girls Grammar School and the Rockhampton Jockey Club.

The winning ways of trainers Ricky Vale, Jared Wehlow, Clinton Taylor and Kerrod Smyth look likely to continue with all four in for a busy afternoon at Saturday’s races.

Vale has six entries while Clinton Taylor has nominated four horses to saddle up.

Kerrod Smyth and Jared Wehlow have sent in three entries a piece.

Nick Walsh, who boasts a career winning strike rate of 35% through 102 winners from 292 starters in less than four years of training, has just the sole entry of Honour Me in the Maiden Plate (1400m). 

The Rockhampton Winter Racing Carnival  hots up after Saturday with the two days of Tattersalls racing at Callaghan Park following.

These consist of the $35K Tattersalls Sprint (1200m) on Friday, June 23 and the $35K Tattersalls Cup (1600m) on Sunday, June 25.

The winners of both those features escape any ballot for the $100,000K Rockhampton Newmarket (1300m) on Friday, July 7 and the $150,000 Rockhampton Cup (1600m) on Saturday, July 8.

Marauding trainer Clinton Taylor won’t be resting-up this Sunday after the RGGR races at Callaghan Park as he has two horses set to race at Springsure that day.

The meeting will be the postponed version of the Springsure St Patrick’s Day Race Club’s washed-out races from March.

Club officials are elated with the response of 49 horses from a wide cross section of country Queensland.


Tony McMahon.

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