Clear skies ahead for Callaghan Park’s premier Newmarket and Cup Days.
Published 5 July 2023
Clearing skies over Rockhampton today (Wednesday) and huge fields for Friday’s rich TAB Rockhampton Newmarket Handicap race meeting have delighted race club officials.
None more so than Callaghan Park track manager Trent Williams who has been weather watching more than most.
“It was great to see the blue skies over Callaghan Park this morning. Up until 7.30am all told over the last few days the track has recorded 41ml of rain. At 9am it (track) was a genuine Slow 7 with a penny (penetrometer) reading of 5.72. Without more rain it will improve all the time from that”, Williams said.
In total 99 horses were declared to start on Friday with all eight races on a card that commences at 12.12pm looking ultra-competitive.
Most of the top fancies remained in the $100K TAB Rockhampton Newmarket Handicap (1300m).
So much so, that 13 of the original 17 nominations in the Newmarket will run.
The four top weighted horses Axe (Samantha Collett), Roman Aureus (Georgina Cartwright), Bollente (Ryan Wiggins) and Palladas (Martin Harley) will line up for the 3.52pm feature.
The impression that Irish jockey Martin Harley created with five winners at Callaghan Park at the recent Tattersalls meeting was so profound that he finds himself with seven engagements on Friday.
Three of these Gold’N’Glamorous (Race 1 -TAB 14), Mission To Win (R 2 – TAB 6) and Boho Beauty (R 6 -TAB 2) are for Gold Coast training father and son team of Toby and Trent Edmonds.
The trio teamed for three winners on Tatts Day and the training partnership is chasing the $20K incentive for the leading trainer over Newmarket and Cup Day (Saturday).
Premier Rockhampton trainer Clinton Taylor expects his last start Callaghan Park 1200 metres track record winner of the Tatts Sprint in Princess Tenko to feature prominently.
Princess Tenko set tongues wagging with a devastating 4.27 lengths win in that Open Sprint while still being eligible for a Class 3 race.
Taylor has thrown punters a lead by withdrawing Princess Tenko from Friday’s Class 6 (1200m) in which she drew favorably at two gate to instead tackle the Newmarket (1300m) from barrier eight.
“Look, I would have liked her to have got a bit softer of a draw but having said that I couldn’t be happier with her. She couldn’t be going any better since that Tatts win and she is unbeaten second-up’”, he said.
When asked about Princess Tenko’s capacity to run out a strong 1300 metres, Clinton had this to say.
‘’ She has been placed at 1350 metres and judging from the Tatts win if it was another 100 metres further she would have been further in front”.
Seems sound logic and the fact that Justin Stanley not all that often gets down to ride at Princess Tenko’s light weight of 54kg is another favourable “lead “ for her fans.
In other news premier Rockhampton apprentice jockey Tahlia Fenlon will take a day’s leave from a three-month loan to Brisbane’s Chris Munce to ride in Saturday’s $150,000 TAB Rockhampton Cup (1600m).
In what is a massive vote of confidence for Tahlia, she has been engaged by Hall of Fame trainer Lee Freedman to ride Bottega in the Cup.
According to the RJC’’s “Historical Happening””, the most recent win by an apprentice in a Rockhampton Cup was James Orman (Victory Hotel, 2015) and previously Dale Evans (Riva Rebel, 2002.
Fields for Saturday’s Rockhampton Cup meeting will be declared at 9am on Thursday.