Adam Sewell lands a double, Saturday at Callaghan Park.

Published 5 December 2022

Adam Sewell lands a double, Saturday at Callaghan Park.

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A late pick-up ride was the catalyst that led to Sunshine Coast based jockey Adam Sewell landing a winning double at Rockhampton races last Saturday.

Originally resident jockey Chris McIver was engaged for the Peter Fleming trained Tahkian Bubbles ($1.30) which romped home an effortless winner of the $35K QTIS 2YO Handicap (1050m).

McIver held five engagements, (his biggest Rocky book for ages) on the six race TAB card with stewards reporting he was unable to attend for personal reasons.

Sewell’s luck certainly changed for the better as Tahkian Bubbles, co-raced by trainer Fleming and his sister Jo and her husband Dave, was his first winner back after a lengthy injury caused layoff.

Adam had been off the scene for just over four months before riding at Mount Perry and Clermont races on the two preceding Saturdays.
However, Sewell certainly knows his way around the spacious Callaghan Park circuit as prior to Saturday’s double he had won 43 races there, his best on record of the 72 different tracks he has ridden.

That number (72) in itself is a remarkable statistic given that Adam is just 26 years old.

It was also a welcome change of luck at Callaghan Park for the hard working and astute horseman Fleming who of a morning with daughter Lashell share much of the trackwork riding of his sizeable team.

Peter quinealled Saturday’s QTIS 2YO with runner-up Sergeant’s Pride (x Heroic Valour) and ridden by Ash Butler $5.50, running on well from last early.

“I bought them both as weanlings and gave my sister Jo a share in them – generous aren’t I”? Peter quipped.

Peter Fleming also proved to be an early Santa Claus to Sewell having earlier engaged him for Written Tycoon mare Tycoon Tori ($3.20) which won the Maiden Plate (1300m) as she liked.

It was an astoundingly good price given that Tycoon Tori had last start run 1.5 lengths second to Clinton Taylor trained Divine Purpose which the trainer has made no secret of having a massive opinion about.

Tycoon Tori is raced in the white blue sash, red armbands and blue cap of long-standing Central Highlands racing family of the Daniels represented at Callaghan Park by Steve and Ross from Gindie.

The majority of Peter Fleming’s string in training are young horses and he and Sewell team up with three of that ilk in Divine Sienna, Hidden Knowledge and Kuryakin at Mackay races tomorrow. (Tuesday, Dec 6).

Brisbane jockey Jackson Murphy also made the best of Saturday’s Rockhampton jockey’s shortage through a winning double.

The experienced hoop scored on Thangool trainer Pat Brennan’s Kravitz ($5.50) in the four horse Open (1100m) and Clinton Taylor’s Ashiko Bay ($3.50) in the $35K QTIS 3YO (1100m).

Everything fell into place for Jackson with Kravitz as he just sat patiently trailing his rivals who raced three abreast most of the way.

“I saw when Captain Fox (Hannah Richardson, $2.00 fav) was caught out keep it was a matter of me just waiting. The run came on the inside and I finally got there on him”, Jackson said.

Runner-up, the Ricky Vale trained Absolut Artie (Minonette Kennedy, $2.90) was defiant in finishing second and Captain Fox under the circumstances was also far from disgraced with his 3.25 lengths third given he lost much more than that by racing wide.

Murphy backed-up 80 minutes later winning on Taroom owner Rodney Hay’s Ashiko.

That win capped a great week for Hay after Who’s Your Papy had won at Warrnambool (Nov 27), while on Saturday he won with Moriconi at Longreach with Petronius second at Doomben.

Saturday’s other winner Sidearm (Nathan Thomas, $2.40), a three times metropolitan placegetter in Adelaide, defied his own misdemeanours of “running about” with a strong win in the BM 65 (1200m).

It was Sidearm’s fourth start for trainer Wigginton yielding two wins and as many seconds.

Originally trained in Sydney by John O’Shea Racing which purchased him at the 2019 MM Yearling Sale for $160,000, Sidearm then shifted camp to Will Clarken in Adelaide before being acquired by Wigginton.

“As a Magic Millions horse, he is eligible for the $500K Country Cup (1200m) there in January (14) so I might as well try and get him there. I’ll take him up to Townsville for a qualifying race on December 20 but he may not be good enough to win that open race up there”, Wigginton said.

Nathan Thomas joined Sewell and Murphy in the winning doubles club on Saturday when he took out the last race, the BM 55 (1300m) on Kerrod and Glenda Smyth’s improving Golden Eighty ($3.90).

A $100,000 yearling buy for Bryan and Daniel Guy at the 2020 Gold Coast MM Sale, the Smyth’s acquired Golden Eighty in August and the No Nay Never (USA) gelding has returned them three prizemoney cheques from as many outings.

The RJC’s next race on Friday, December 16 for the big Family Christmas Race Day with all details available on the Club’s Facebook and website pages.


Tony McMahon.

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