Chris Waller’s Kubrick and Bullfinch in Rockhampton Cup
Published 4 July 2022
Racehorses from New Zealand, Victoria, New South Wales and South and North Queensland are among the 256 entries for Friday and Saturday’s feature meetings at Callaghan Park,
Rockhampton Jockey Club’s $400K Latter Kennedy Newmarket race day on Friday has attracted 126 entries while the $500,000 BSB Scaffolding Rocky Cup races on Saturday has 130 nominations.
Premier Australian trainer Chris Waller, with stables in Sydney and the Gold Coast has two entries for the $150K Rockhampton Cup (1600m) in Kubrick (BM 98) and Bullfinch (GB) (BM 86).
Michelle Payne who created history in 2015 becoming the first female jockey to ride a Melbourne Cup winner (Prince of Penzance 100/1) has Mark The Horse entered for the Rocky Cup.
Now a dual licensee, Payne 36, has trained 42 winners since taking out her trainer’s brief in 2016 and just last Saturday week rode a winning double at Morphettville SA for her brother Patrick.
Mark The Horse is officially listed as being trained at Ballarat and it has also been entered for Wyong races later this week.
Riverton, New Zealand trained He’s Got Power (NZ) (Kelvin Tyler) provides a touch of flair for the Cup and revives memories of past raiders to Rocky from” across the ditch’’.
The last NZ trained Rockhampton Cup winner was the Bruce Marsh trained Fulmar (NZ) when winning in 1993 under jockey Larry Cassidy.
Few Kiwis have ventured north from their temporary bases in Brisbane for the Queensland Winter Carnival since with Lauren Tate (NZ) a rare exception in 2014 when second to Jamie McConachy trained Vandalised.
There is every chance that the Graeme Green, Rockhampton trained Master Jamie will be Cup topweight as he attempts to become the seventh local to win the race since 2000.
While the Rockhampton Cup numbers 25, some ten less horses were penned in for the $100K Newmarket (1300m).
Only two among the 15 are locally trained being Adrian Coome’s in form Plenty and Jared Wehlow’s Only Wanna Sing.
Star guest jockey William Pike has been named as rider for Sunshine Coast trainer David Vandyke’s Desert Lord the top-rated candidate with a BM 99.
Leading Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan has three Newmarket entries in Vinco (95), Pull Anchor (82) and Palladas (81).
In total Gollan has 16 horses entered on Friday and Saturday as he attempts to win the $20,000 Great Northern Bonus for the most successful trainer over the two days.
Cranbourne (Victoria) based mentor Richard Laming has well performed Excelman (NZ) named for the Newmarket as well as five other horses for minor races.
Excelman’s best win was the $130,700 All Greys Handicap (1400m) at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day last year.
When asked if he would be heading to Rockhampton with his team from his winter base at the Gold Coast, Laming said “I’m undecided at this stage until I make a decision tomorrow (Tuesday)”.
Up to 2pm today (Monday) some 90mm of rain had fallen on Callaghan Park racecourse over the last few days.
Rain is forecast to clear in Rockhampton overnight on Tuesday with sunny albeit coolish conditions prevailing for the remainder of the week.
Meanwhile, Queensland Treasurer Cameron Dick is expected to make an announcement during a visit to Callaghan Park on Wednesday that will be hugely beneficial to Rockhampton racing.