9 Race TAB Card Friday kicks off a huge weekend of CYS racing & sale action.

Published 29 March 2023

9 Race TAB Card Friday kicks off a huge weekend of CYS racing & sale action.

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This weeks Capricornia Yearlings Sales Racing Carnival is poised for a spectacular start with an expanded nine race TAB card at Callaghan Park racecourse on Friday where 103 horses are to run.

It will definitely be the largest program of races scheduled by the Rockhampton Jockey Club this season if not for years at Callaghan Park.

Rockhampton Jockey Club administrators were cock-a-hoop when Racing Queensland divided the $39K QTIS Band 0-55 Handicap (1200m) into two full divisions of 13 horses a piece after 26 of the 30 entered, were signed in to race.

Better still, the full prizemoney allocation with QTIS bonuses was declared, which could see as much as an additional $39,000 distributed bringing the prizemoney on offer on the day to nearly $300,000.

This is indeed justification for the programming of what is the first QTIS race in Rockhampton for which all ages of horses are eligible.

This came about after Racing Queensland lifted the lid of restricting regional race club’s QTIS races to only 2 and 3-Y-0’s whereby an open QTIS race will be programmed alternatively monthly at Rockhampton and Mackay.

Numbers speak louder than words, in this case volumes as the magnificent response from trainers and owners in this first experiment and instance attests.

It is yet another incentive to purchase a QTIS eligible yearling at the Capricornia Yearling Sales in Rockhampton on Sunday.

Deviating from Callaghan Park to the CYS venue at the Rocky Showgrounds, the early Lot numbers withdrawn are – Lot 67, 84, 88, 92, 98, 120, 123, 129 and 132.

This leaves an expansive catalogue of 126 thoroughbred yearlings – one of the biggest catalogues in the sales 35 year’s history, to be auctioned commencing at 11am Sunday.

Back to Friday’s races where the new look Callaghan Park jockeys’ room will comfortably accommodate as many as 24 hoops going race riding there.

Among the visitors rarely seen at Callaghan Park are jockey’s Luke Tarrant (460 wins), Georgina Cartwright (316), Tiffany Booker (335), Taylor Marshall (338), Morgan Butler (231) and Mackay’s Jade Doolan (37), a first-timer there after attaining her provincial licence to ride.

The expanded nine race TAB program means an earlier starting time than normal at 12.11pm with the last race to jump at 5.11pm.

Many patrons are expected to remain at Callaghan Park for the DVL Capricornia Yearling Sales Classic Calcutta which is convened to commence at 6.30pm in the Amateurs Lounge.

Details for this function are available on the RJC/Callaghan Park sites.

Birthday girl, Rockhampton’s leading apprentice Tahlia Fenlon turns 20 on Friday but after eight rides on the card as well as Callaghan Park riding engagements on Saturday, there will be no time to party.

However, on form Tahlia’s best chances of a birthday win could come about through Jeridah (R 1 – TAB 3) or Vana Star (R 3 -TAB 5) while being assured of a pay check of around $1700 regardless.

At Tuesday’s eight race Mackay Turf Club card Rockhampton trainers continued their domination of racing in the Sugar City winning half the program

This came in the form of Tom’s Smith’s (It’s Gerry), Kerrod Smyth’s Janosik (NZ), Peter Fleming’s Captain Fox and Rick Vale’s Police.

As well they prepared another eight placegetters.


Toy McMahon

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