Chinny Boom well placed for Doomben on Saturday.

Published 17 May 2024

Chinny Boom well placed for Doomben on Saturday.

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The luck of the draw, one of the factors which plays a crucial role in the outcome of a race, seems to have worked in favour of Rockhampton’s short course sprint specialist Chinny Boom at Doomben races on Saturday. Clinton Taylor’s eight-time winner from 14 starts with another four placings to boot has come up with the rails gate. Providing she jumps on terms with her 16 rivals in the $160K MM Bright Shadow (1110m), Chinny Boom will get her chance under Justin Stanley. Chinny Boom has a particular liking for the Doomben circuit at which in two of her five starts she has drawn barrier 1 for a win and a second; B 3 – third; B 7 -third and B 10 (13th).  Another important component to assist Chinny Boom will be her 54kg handicap for which Stanley has had to waste to accommodate. It is only the second time in the career of the Spirit of Boom mare that she has carried such a light weight. The other was at the Gold Coast, three starts back on January 13 when she was a feisty third behind Boom Torque in a $1MM QTIS at the Gold Coast over 1300 metres, a distance at which she was previously untried. Chinny Boom is having her first start in five weeks since a mighty third under 58kg after enduring a testing run to be beaten just 0.6 lengths by Mishani Sniper in a Doomben Quality (1200m) on April 13. Although it could be reasonably argued Chinny Boom is not “first up “on Saturday, she has however won four times in that category and excels when her runs are spaced as is the case on Saturday.

Clinton Taylor reported this morning (Friday) that Chinny Boom and stablemate Astapor had “arrived and settled in well” to their temporary Brisbane base. Astapor, the boom Rocky 2YO of earlier this season will run in the inaugural $1M Magic Millions National 2YO Classic (1000m) to now be run at Doomben on Saturday, May 25. The race became an adjunct to that Doomben Cup meeting when the original venue, the Aquis Park Gold Coast track was deemed unsuitable after maintenance work. The MM National was to be the standout race on Friday evening, May 24 at the Gold Coast’s first night race meeting. Gold Coast locals report the venue under the lights which have been undergoing tests makes for spectacular viewing. The Gold Coast Turf Club’s close proximity to the heart of Surfers Paradise is going to make night racing there akin to Hong Kong. You can bet your bottom dollar, Rockhampton and Central Queensland racegoers will flock down there to absorb the atmosphere when it opens in the months ahead. 

While Chinny Boom has gone south, Rockhampton millionaire racehorse Master Jamie has headed west to Emerald to contest the $12,500 Emerald Cup (1615m). Run under “set weights” Master Jamie is arguably the best placed horse racing in Australia on Saturday. He has a BM ratting of 95 – some 17 points above his closest in the rating in Jared Wehlow’s O’Mudgee (NZ). However, both will carry 61.5kg in the Cup. Had the Emerald Cup been a handicap, I wouldn’t hazard a guess as to what Master Jamie, the winner of 18 of his 62 starts accruing $1.068.570 in stakes would have been allocated. Heavyweight jockey Paul Hamblin will ensure Master Jamie won’t carry too much dead weight. Hamblin will be the 13th jockey to ride MJ during his racing career. Les Tilley has the most imposing record with 11 wins on Master Jamie.

Rocky trainers Darry Johnston, Dale Whyte, Mark Cochrane, Tom Smith, Julieann Lancaster, Dane McKinnon and Zoe Hohn also race horses at Pioneer Park, Emerald on Saturday. Jockeys with connections to Rockhampton riding there, include Nikki Olzard, Warwick Satherley and McKenzie Apel. Thangool apprentice Jamie-Lee Devine, fresh from her Calliope Cup win last Saturday and in just her third week of race riding, has a full book of five rides at Emerald.  

The Magic Millions National Gold Coast Yearling, Weanling and Broodmare Sales gets underway on Monday week. Firstly, 1049 weanlings and broodmares will be sold from the Gold Coast complex from May 26 to May 30 inclusive. After a few days of cleaning up and vacating stables, over 400 yearlings will move in and be sold on June 4 and 5. Catalogues will be available at Callaghan Park from early next week. 

Rest assured the occurrence last Tuesday at Callaghan Park when female jockeys rode the program will be nothing out of the ordinary and maybe even the norm in the not-too-distant future. Under the official heading of APPRENTICE PERMITS in Queensland’s official RACE monthly magazine (referred to by stakeholders as the RACING CALENDAR), there are 80 names listed. Some 58 of those are female riders or trainees. That accounts for around 72.5%. Need any more convincing?   

Passionate Rockhampton racing owner Pav Cheimardinov has wasted no time reinvesting some of his share of funds from Namazu’s win in The Archer. Earlier this week he went to $42,500 to purchase Parade Ground (ch g 3 Epaulette-Regimen x Sepoy) at an Inglis Online Sale. A recent Kembla Maiden (1500m) winner, Parade Ground will arrive at trainer Ricky Vale’s North Rockhampton stables early next week. “Looking for another Shakes (Namazu),” Pav told me. Both Namazu and Parade Ground were formerly trained in Sydney by James Cummings. Similarly, Namazu arrived in Rockhampton as a Class 1 horse after Pav paid $40K for him at the Magic Millions Winter Sale in May 2021. Good luck all concerned.

Happy Horses – Tony McMahon.

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