Birds Eye View for Yeppoon Racing Tuesday: by Tony McMahon
Published 9 September 2022
Racegoers venturing down from Rockhampton for that city’s race club’s meeting at Keppel Park racecourse Yeppoon on Tuesday will see a new communication tower in operation.
While the Callaghan Park course proper in Rockhampton is undertaking its annual “facelift” both RJC TAB meetings during September have been transferred to Yeppoon.
The multi-functional broadcast-vision and judge’s tower, funded by the Queensland Government’s Country Racing Program, was built at a cost of $90,000.
It was constructed by Central Queensland’s Landbrook Building and Constructions and was used for the first time at the Yeppoon Turf Club’s non-TAB race meeting back on August 6.
Officials including myself as race caller gave it the “thumbs up” much to the delight of Racing Queensland’s Project Manager Sam Dalziel who was on hand for the occasion.
It provides more elevation and an unhindered view with protection from elements of inclement weather.
That aside, Tuesday’s seven race TAB card, during a period of a hectic and prolific racing schedule has pleasingly drawn 64 starters.
Once again, the Open Handicap, a class of race that has attracted disappointing response in recent meetings at Callaghan Park, has drawn minimal attention again with just six acceptances.
While weak in numbers it is strong in quality with former star and multiple Sydney winner Marway (63.5kg) heading the listings while one of his likely heirs apparent in Adrian Coome’s Plenty (61.5kg) is included.
Lightweights, Jay Jay and Boom Boom Becker are also in the mix and will attract betting interest.
The fourth race the QTIS 3Y0 (1300m) is a dandy with winners Money Muncher, Flaming Homer, Street Glory, Mishani Jewel and Power Load set to run.
So too is Tom Smith’s exciting prospect, the Capricornia Yearling Sales graduate Heroic Knight which on his flashing last start Rockhampton second looks to have a cracking future.
While a question hovers as to whether his racing style will align itself to Keppel Park’s turning circuit and the fact that Heroic Knight concedes experience and class to his winning opponents, the fact that Smith plans to run him exudes stable confidence.
Brad Pengelly has an alluring book of rides including Plenty (Race 2- TAB 2), Street Glory (R 4 – TAB 3) and New York World (R 7 – TAB 2).
Having recorded that, Pengelly will have to be at his brilliant best to overcome New York World’s treacherous outside barrier of 12 in the 0-55 (1100m).
Racing commences at Keppel Park at 12.57pm winding up at 4.42Pm and a likely record 15 jockeys will ride there.
Interest aplenty centres around Saturday’s Doomben races in Brisbane where six Rockhampton equine racing patriots and expatriates will start.
Tom Button’s gifted 3YO Cocobrew Express will be at boiling point for his engagement in the first race, especially so that he is to gain a 3kg weight relief from boom apprentice Jasmine Cornish.
Stablemate, Four Mile Express (Tegan Harrison) also contests the 11.48am race but “Coco” will be much more favoured a win and is a genuine possibly in a race crammed with winners.
Callaghan Park’s Tim Cook will have his stepping shoes on with runners Agustawynd, Dr Neigh and Brad contesting consecutive races from three to five included.
While engaged in large race fields, their former premier Kiwi jockey Samantha Collett will provide them with every chance and each-way punters are likely to engage accordingly
Rockhampton owned Sayl takes on stiff and mainly better performed rivals in Doomben Mile (1600m) while his owners’ colours are expected to be carried to victory on Namazu way up north in the $150K Cairns Amateurs Cup (2100m) at 5.08pm.
PICTURE: Race broadcaster Tony McMahon and RQ’s Sam Dalziel in the new broadcast tower at Keppel Park.