$27,500 Trainers Incentive Bonuses Tightly Contested!
Published 9 July 2022
Thrilling finishes are looming at today’s Rockhampton Cup races in two separate trainers’ incentive bonus schemes whereby the winners of $27,500 will be decided.
The local Rockhampton trainers’ bonus with $7500 funded by the RJC will be concluded today following completion of the previous three days of Callaghan Park Winter Carnival racing.
Young trainer Nick Walsh leads on 11 points.
He is closely followed by Ricky Vale and Tom Smith with nine points each while Graeme Green through two winners to date is third having accrued six points.
All four trainers have starters at today’s gala Cup meeting Smith, Walsh and Vale four starters a piece while Green runs three horses.
The winning trainer receives $4000 with runner up taking home $2500 and the third recognised with $1000.
Walsh went into yesterday’s Great Northern Rockhampton Newmarket with 8 points trailing Tom Smith by a point.
However, at the end of play and winning with Kasinova Kid, the lead changed in Walsh’s favour by two points.
The $20,000 Great Northern Bonus Challenge through which the leading trainer over Newmarket and Rocky Cup Day races pockets $20,000 has developed into a” two horse race”.
The contenders are the Gold Coast’s training partnership of Toby and Trent Edmonds and Brisbane training goliath Tony Gollan.
The Edmonds, with four starters on the day, took an early lead yesterday with the first two race winners Divine Courage and Cool’N’Ready as well as providing a second placegetter.
Gollan saddled up seven Newmarket Day starters and after frustratingly greeting four placegetters in the enclosure won the last race with Argyle Pink.
By day’s end, Gollan led the Edmonds stable by one point being nine (9) to eight (8).
On Cup Day when Rockhampton’s appealing winter weather under a canopy of blue skies and sunshine will ensure a memorable crowd at Callaghan Park, Gollan has five starters and the Edmonds’ four.
Rockhampton Jockey Club CEO Ian Mill said he was extremely happy as to how the race for the bonuses was unfolding while also acknowledging them as a success.
“They have created considerable interest and the local trainers have really embraced the idea. The $20K Great Northern Bonus has been responsible for drawing volumes of horses from Tony Gollan and the Edmonds stable to Rockhampton. Name stables and horses as well as jockeys create massive punting appeal. Betting turnover is the lifeblood of our industry and vital for clubs such as the RJC during Carnival and for that matter throughout the year”, Mill said.
The CEO went on to say betting turnover on yesterday’s eight race TAB Newmarket meeting “was good, very good”.
Cheque presentations will be made at the conclusion of today’s racing.