All set for this weekend’s spectacular 3 day Capricornia Yearling Sale & Race Weekend.

Published 2 April 2024

All set for this weekend’s spectacular 3 day Capricornia Yearling Sale & Race Weekend.

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In excess of  $1.5 million is likely to change hands over three spectacular days this “long weekend” from prizemoney distribution and sales receipts in what is Rockhampton’s busiest week of the year for racing industry stakeholders.

The Rockhampton Jockey Club has the Festival of Racing programmed which incorporates two huge days of racing at Callaghan Park on both this coming Friday and Saturday.

Then on Sunday, it all culminates when the 2024 edition of Rockhampton’s Capricornia Yearling Sale at the Rockhampton Showgrounds is staged, where selling agents Magic Millions will auction 111 thoroughbred yearlings.

The two prize days of racing will offer a massive $703,300 in purses and bonuses with 15 races programmed which have attracted in total 214 entries from throughout Queensland.

Last year’s Capricornia Yearling Sale grossed $1.090M from a catalogue of 136 whereby 75 yearlings sold after 43 were passed-in at auction and another 18 were withdrawn from sale.

Top billing over the two days of racing is the $168K Capricornia Yearling Sale 2YO Classic (1200m) restricted to graduates from the 2023 CYS and it has signed off with 25 nominations of which five are race winners.

These are Rockhampton trainer Clinton Taylor’s Valorous Performer and Ricky Vale’s Chimera Magic; Townsville mentor Georgie Holt’s Margot Barbie; trainer Tom Button’s Bowen prepared Silver Glitter and Pat Webster’s Toowoomba entrant Rocky Rich.

Saturday’s support card on prizemoney is headed by the $118K CYS 3&4YO Classic (1300m) where 29 former CYS graduates have been nominated with among them no fewer than 15 race winners and quite a few multiple ones as well.

By no means surprising is the positive reaction from RJC CEO David Aldred. 

“There is a good mix of local and visiting horses in the Classic races on Saturday and also in the support races on both days including the Country Cup and the Mayors Cup,” Aldred said.

Among that mix on Saturday, in the $30K Rockhampton Regional Council 2024 Mayor’s Cup (1200m) will be Rocky’s millionaire equine Master Jamie which has been allocated 67.5kg.

Asked on Tuesday afternoon if Master Jamie would contest the race, trainer and managing owner Graeme Green was quick off the mark.

“The answer is yes. It is either start him or trial him so we will start him,” Green said.

High weights have been part and parcel for Master Jamie during his career of 59 starts for 18 wins and 21 placings earning $1,055,775 in stakes.

Back some 18 starts ago on June 26, 2022, Master Jamie won under 65.5kg at Callaghan Park and he has subsequently won two Rockhampton Cups so naturally, there is no basis for criticism for his 67.5kg allocation.

The Mayor’s Cup has drawn a quality field akin in some ways to the standard of a Saturday metropolitan Open Handicap.

The lineup includes Townsville Cluden Bay winner Isis Carmella as well as last year’s Rockhampton Newmarket victor Roman Aureus.

Preparations are well in hand at the Rockhampton Showgrounds’ Robert Schwarten Pavilion for Sunday’s Sale.

It is being transformed into a stabling complex for the vast array of yearlings arriving from as far afield as Taree, NSW as well as a seating and viewing auditorium for buyers and vendors.

 “It’s an excellent catalogue of well-bred youngsters and we are expecting good results for  the vendors. Hopefully, the buyers will take advantage of what is on offer. We consider it the best value for money regional yearling sale in Australia. So many good horses and some that have won Queensland’s best races have come out of it,” Aldred enthused.

Sunday’s sale commences at 11am sharp with the public welcome to attend.

Happy Horses – Tony McMahon. 

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