5 Rides for Ash Butler hoping to continue his winning momentum tomorrow at Callaghan Park.

Published 25 March 2024

5 Rides for Ash Butler hoping to continue his winning momentum tomorrow at Callaghan Park.

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Flushed with success after a 474km return road trip from Rockhampton to Monto races last Saturday, talented jockey Ashley (Ash) Butler will be out to enhance his winning momentum at the Rockhampton Jockey Club TAB races at Callaghan Park tomorrow (Tuesday). 

Butler, 31 went racing at Monto with 681 winners on his CV but returned to his Rocky base with 683 after winning on Callaghan Park trainer Jared Wehlow’s Whakamiharo and Lord Vader, both proving popular wins with the sizeable crowd in attendance at the quaint Monto racecourse. 

In a career spanning 16 years, Ash has battled weight restrictions but pound for pound he is right up there among his best Queensland counterparts.

His current winning strike rate of 50% is ultra impressive as from just 10 race rides from March 11 to last Saturday he has booted home five winners.

On the RJC seven race card in which winners seem to be well disguised, Butler has five rides which for him amounts to a busy afternoon at the office.

He teams with Jamie McConachy trained in-form Dollar Dollar (NZ (Race 2 -TAB 4); John Wigginton’s Majestic Request (R 3 -TAB 4) as well as that trainer’s Bencoolen (R 4 -TAB 5).

His remaining rides are John O’Sing’s Risky Investment (R 5 -TAB 2) and Adam Briskey’s Master Rich (R 6 -TAB 3).

It would be rather a shock if Butler leaves Callaghan Park after the last race on Tuesday at 5.27PM without having ridden at least one winner. 

In the rare absence of premiership winning jockey Ryan Wiggins who is “taking a day off”, trainers have gone hoop hunting which has led to three prominent Brisbane metropolitan apprentice jockeys riding at the meeting.

The trio are the ultra-talented Melea Castle 24 with 98 winners to her credit including last Saturday’s Eagle Farm winner Ovidius. A natural lightweight, Melea has five rides.

Yvette Lewis, 24, has six engagements including three for Kerrod Smyth with whom she has celebrated recent victories at Callaghan Park.

They combine with Jukebox Jimmy (R 1 – TAB 2); Devil Kick (R 3 – TAB 2) and Fay Faye (R 4 – TAB 2) as well as Isle Eight (R 6 -TAB 1).

Emily Lang, the younger of the Brisbane trio at 23, has taken four rides with seemingly the Nick Walsh trained pair of Awol (NZ) (R 2 -TAB 2) and Shezapearler (R5 -TAB 8) figuring prominently.

Racing commences on Tuesday at 1.45pm and leads into a massive program of racing and sales in Rockhampton from Friday week.

Happy horses Tony McMahon

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