Bumper nine race TAB card planned for Thursday

Published 17 January 2023

Trainer Clinton Taylor and owner Shane Mills will line-up highly promising I’m Pinker at Rockhampton races on Thursday. Photo: Tony Mc Mahon.

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Despite falls totalling 134mm of rain over the last 12 days and massive falls in the Mackay region, the Rockhampton Jockey Club has a bumper nine race TAB card planned for Callaghan Park on Thursday.

On mid-afternoon today (Tuesday), Callaghan Park track manager Trent Williams rated the track as a Heavy 10 saying 110.5mm had fallen in the last week including 18mm in the previous 24 hours.

That’s a mere drop in comparison to Mackay.

According to the Farmonline Weather website, Mackay has recorded 621.6 mm of rain since January 12 to mid-afternoon Tuesday, January 17.

Naturally, this had Rockhampton Jockey Club officials concerned that trainers from Mackay with 19 horses nominated for Thursday’s races would not be making it to Callaghan Park.

This was dispelled at race acceptance deadline this morning (Tuesday) when 17 Mackay trained horses were declared to start with jockeys paid-up.

“I spoke to the trainers at Mackay on Monday and the ones I got in contact with all told me they would be running their horses at the RJC’s meeting on Thursday which was excellent news”, proactive club chairman Rob Carr said.

Those trainers include John Manzelmann planning to race eight horses, Tracy Simmons (3), Olivia Cairns (3) as well as Jaoe Campeao and Joshua Manzelmann.

Premier Rockhampton trainer Clinton Taylor may run four horses including his very promising I’m Pinker (Justin Stanley) listed as TAB 1 in the first race the $38K QTIS 2YO Handicap (1100m).

A $35K March Magic Millions Yearling Sale purchase last year by Shane Mills, the Dracary’s filly virtually repaid that investment by collecting $31,050 for her only start win in the Breeder’s Plate (1050m) at Callaghan Park in November.

Spelled after that, I’m Pinker gave the impression she is set for a triumphant return to racing with an effortless 5.5 lengths Callaghan Park barrier trial win last week.

Taylor also has I’m Pinker entered for Saturday’s $127,500 QTIS 2YO (1050m) at Doomben more so as a safety net in regards to weather.

“I’m not just sure where she is going yet. I will make a decision in the next 24 hours after I see just how wet the track here (Callaghan Park is”, he said.

Clinton Taylor said I’m Pinker is one of 14 horses Injune’s Shane Mills has with him.

Fellow Callaghan Park trainer Graeme Green with four starters on Thursday, runs strong winning prospect Karakaroo in the 2YO race as well.

Purchased for $30K by Green at the same Magic Millions March sale as adversary I’m Pinker, the Santos gelding will be improved after it’s third behind Track Tale here on December 23.

The astute Green has Kotabharu (Chris Whitely) suitably placed in Thursday’s BM 70 (1500m) in which he will also run last start winner Aleaco (Jason Taylor).

Rapidly advancing young trainer Nick Walsh is in for a busy afternoon and for his sake hopefully a winning one with four starters.

Walsh will clash stablemates (Chameleon Choice -Ryan Wiggins) which chases four “picket fences” (wins in succession) alongside its name and Highground (Taylor) in the Class 3 Plate (1100m).

As well Nick sets his emerging sprinter, Geoff Elliot’s Milo Man (Wiggins) on the same path of four wins on the trot in the Class 4 (1300m) which is another very strong form race.

Experienced trainer Tom Burke, who returned during late Spring last year to Rockhampton after some years on the Sunshine Coast is after his first Callaghan Park win since making the move with Tonka Wakan.

Engaged in the Maiden (1100m), giant Akeed Mofeed (GB) gelding Tonka Watan has been placed twice with sound runs while acquainting himself with the Callaghan Park track.

He will be ridden by Brisbane’s Adam Spinks, a former top provincial apprentice who as a senior is back in winning form of late at Kilcoy and Thangool.

Racing commences on Thursday at the early time of 12.15pm and promises to be one of the best meetings in Rockhampton on the criteria of competitive racing fields for quite some time.

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