Big Meet Planned for St Patrick’s Day at Callaghan Park

Published 17 March 2023

Resident Callaghan Park trainer Graeme Green

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A surplus of jockeys for a Saturday race meeting in Rockhampton and throughout country Queensland is a rarity with horses often having to be a late scratching because of a shortage.

How refreshing then is the situation at Callaghan Park’s St Patrick’s Day races on Saturday that there will be “reserves” among the available jockeys.

The RJC has planned for a big attendance from racegoers with entertainment packages and the large field sizes are a welcome bonus.

The biggest fields among the seven race TAB card with 65 horses declared are two with 11 starters but 13 jockeys have taken rides at the meeting, the biggest of a Saturday at Callaghan Park for ages.

Much to the elation of the Rockhampton Jockey Club and trainers who sourced jockeys well in advance, the St Pat’s meeting would do justice to a mid-week TAB fixture.

Either flying-in or driving-in to Callaghan Park for the horse sports are Townsville jockeys (Adrian Layt & Carl Spry), Mackay’s Colin Lennon, Sunshine Coasters Adam Sewell & Tiffani Brooker, the Gold Coast’s Chris Whiteley and Brisbane’s Justin Stanley and Adam Spinks.

The majority of the above names have been jockeying throughout the State in recent times.

Stanley has a full book on Saturday at Callaghan Park while on Thursday he rode a winning double at Townsville.

These came about through Jared Wehlow’s Phospher Bronze in the Maiden (1200m) and Clinton Taylor’s Seductive Spur in the QTIS 3YO R0-60 (1000m).

Seductive Spur, a Jet Spur filly was a $5000 steal at the 2021 Capricornia Yearling Sale.

Now the winner of two races with $60,150 in her kitty, Seductive Spur kicks on to the $100K CYS 3&4YO Classic (1300m) at Callaghan Park on April 1.

Back at Townsville races on Thursday, another Rocky trainer in Tim Cook won the Open Handicap (1200m) with his Rockhampton Newmarket Handicap hopeful Leadership Spill.

Adrian Layt, riding here there and everywhere this month notched his eight winner in 17 days by completing a Townsville winning double on Thursday.

His Rocky rides include strong prospects Native Bee (R 1), Para Para Park (R 3), City Mission (R 5), Rock Dreamer (NZ) (R 6) and Saw That Coming (R 7).

Trainer Nick Walsh, who would win with a proverbial “rocking horse” will clash his gifted pair Villa Villekulla (Ashley Butler) and Age Of Innocence (Tahlia Fenlon) in the very strong contest, the Open (1100m).

This should be a thrilling race as it also features Adrian Coome’s Plenty (scratched Townsville on Thursday) and Albert Mules good sprinter Cabalo Escuro (Colin Lennon).

Down in the weights the Stephen Rundle improving Poet’s Girl (Tasha Chambers) also enters calculations.

Ashley Butler has been a busy cove as well by riding at Townsville races on Thursday before riding in two barriers trials on the Cluden track there this morning (Friday).

Butler will combine with Roma trainer Craig Smith on one of the top prospects in the fifth race the 3YO Handicap (1200m) with Country Boyz.

Resident Callaghan Park trainer Graeme Green is in for a busy couple of days.

He runs Master Jamie at Doomben while at Callaghan Park races, he and jockey Chris Whiteley combine with multiple winning chances.

These are Phoenix Flyer (R 1), Shamedy (R 3), Kotabharu (R 4), Top Spy (R 5) and Aleaco (R 7).

Green and most of Rockhampton’s leading trainers will converge on the Gold Coast on Sunday to attend the Magic Millions March Yearling Sales on Monday and Tuesday of next week.





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