A flying start for 16 year old apprentice jockey Jaimee-Lee Devine.

Published 19 June 2024


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If you read the stewards report in relation to dual Rockhampton Cup winner Master Jamie regarding his out of character 7.56 lengths second last in the Wayne Wilson Handicap (1600m) at Eagle Farm last Saturday, you like me would have been alarmed. It read in part. “Awkward, in his action over the concluding stages. Post race vet’s report found to be bilaterally lame in front. A vet’s certificate required before starting again.” Alarming wouldn’t you agree?  In other words, Mater Jamie was found to be sore in both front legs. However, it is a case of all’s well that ends well. Trainer Graeme Green reported today (Friday) that Master Jamie had jarred-up on the hard racing surface at Eagle Farm which at the time of his early race was rated a Good 4 and changed to a Good 3 at 1.55pm. Green told me in all of his previous 62 starts Master Jamie had never “jarred-up.”  “He is back to normal now and has been working on the training track at Callaghan Park and pulled-up well with no leg soreness,” Graeme said. So, it is all go for Master Jamie’s tilt at winning his third consecutive Rockhampton Cup on Saturday, July 13. Jockey Justin Stanley diplomatically told inquiring stewards that “the track conditions didn’t suit” Clinton Taylor’s Chinny Boom when after over-racing in the lead weakened for 6.4l nineth in the Dane Ripper Stakes on the same Eagle Farm card. “She’s gone out for a break now, “Clinton Taylor reported. Clinton was very upbeat about stablemate Astapor which finished an admirable 2.5l 4th(just missing third) in the Oxlade Stakes (1300m) there last Saturday as well. “He’ll go to a 1350 metres 2YO at Doomben in three weeks (July 13). We wanted a 1200 metres race for him but can’t find any,”. Clinton said. 

Biloela high school student, apprentice jockey Jaimee-Lee Devine 16, has wasted no time in disposing of her 4kg claiming allowance. However, Jaimee-Lee will have to “cool her heels” so to speak for the next week. At her first outing as a jockey at Mackay TAB races on Tuesday, Jaimee-Lee scored on John Manzelmann’s $61.00 shot Let’s Torque A Deel. That brought up her fifth winner whereby her claiming allowance has now dropped to three kilograms. Just three days earlier 800km away at Gympie, Jaimee-Lee won on Kale Sinclair Thangool trained Take The Lead on whom she scored on at its previous start at Gladstone. The teenager, the daughter of former CQ jockey Jason Devine and Edwina (nee Ross), herself a former trackwork rider for her mother the trainer Kath Ross, has certainly got off to a flying start. At her first race ride Jaimee-Lee was the talk of the town at Thangool winning there on her parent’s horse Imagine That? As for Jamie-Lee having to “cool her heels” after winning at Mackay on Tuesday, it is not what savvy racing readers are thinking. “Jaimee-Lee won’t be riding at Clermont on Saturday as she has gone on a skiing trip organised by her school to Perisher. The phone has been ringing hot for her for rides at Clermont races this Saturday,” proud Dad Jason said. Not too far down the track, that will also be on the agenda from Rocky trainers when Jaimee-Lee gets her provincial licence. Mackay meetings albeit TAB ones at that, have a Country racing status. 

Currently there are a number of jockeys in the CQ area out of action through injury which regrettably has brought about a shortage at barrier trial sessions and availability at country meetings. The RJC has been very accommodating by reducing the field sizes for the trainers to assist. The latest on Brisbane’s Adam Sewell a FIFO who rides the Callaghan Park TAB meetings is he will be out of race riding action until August. Similarly, FIFO apprentice Olivia Kendall is also looked at that time frame. To all the injured hoops hope you are back in action sooner rather than later.  

Rockhampton trainer Marck Cochrane has qualified his dual recent winner Real Key for the $200K Battle of the Bush (1200m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday week. Emerald trainer Raymond Williams has his perennial galloper Ahwahneechee also qualified with stablemate Kobe Rocks (NZ).  Callaghan Park trainer Tom Smith has the “Bear” Rawlinson part-owned Emerald 100 winner Bayerische accepted for the Battle of the Bush, but it failed to make the cut and is an emergency. While on the subject, a “Beary”’ Happy belated birthday Bear for earlier this week.

On a sad note, sincere condolences on behalf of all racing industry participants to the family, relatives and friends of Neville “Nocka” Peoples who passed last Sunday aged 93. “Nocka” was known and respected throughout Queensland in the racing game in numerous roles all of which he successfully applied his skills. Fittingly, his grandson Louis Peoples in partnership with his mother Kristie Clark-Peoples won with the family horse Persevere at the Sunshine Coast races last Sunday. In a fitting tribute Nocka’s race silks red, white and black were dispatched from Longreach late last week to be worn by Persevere for the win. Trainer David and bookmaker Garry Peoples have successfully carried on with Nocka’s legacy of a love for those roles.  

Happy Horses everyone and see you at Callaghan Park races on Friday week. 

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