CQ’s promising and ‘tried and true’ line up at Callaghan Park Thursday: By Tony McMahon

Published 16 November 2022

CQ’s promising and ‘tried and true’ line up at Callaghan Park Thursday: By Tony McMahon

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Thursday’s eight race TAB program at Callaghan Park racecourse Rockhampton will feature some of Central Queensland’s most promising and conversely “tried and true” racehorses in action.

The card commences at 1.22pm and signs off late at 5.45pm with what looks the most open race of the day in the 13-horse contested BM 0-55 Handicap (1200m).

Let’s start from there shall we – that is the last race?

Considerable interest here on a number of fronts through in particular Golden Eighty, Fastnet Jack, Better To Excel. Milo Man, Kashkar and Maverick Henry.

Former Grafton galloper Milo Man looked good in beating top open galloper Master Jamie in a recent Callaghan Park trial but that may be misleading as obviously the latter was not at his best.

Regardless, now with the astute Nick Walsh stable, Milo Man has the benefit of leading jockey Ryan Wiggins on board and is ideally drawn on the rails whereby most of the better chances are widely boxed.

If that trial was to be taken on face value, Milo Man would just win which he well may do.

In the preceding race (R 7) the engagement of capable 3kg claiming apprentice Olivia Kendal is a smart move from trainer Clinton Taylor to offset Brigalow Boy’s (TAB 3) handicap of 57kg.

Without doubt, Brigalow Boy, a winner of three of his six starts last preparation is the barometer gauge for this field and his trackwork and trial recently are positive signs of first-up glory.

The Taylor stable is also favourably placed to win the R 5, the 3YO Handicap (1300m) with Justin Stanley’s mount Zipping Irish (TAB 1)

This race comprises many advancing young horses, none less so that Valtino (TAB 4) which was very unluckily beaten last start after dwelling at race commencement.

Leading hoops Justin Stanley (Montana Knight, TAB 1) and Ryan Wiggins (Way Back Then, TAB 2) should fight out the finish of the BM 60 (R 4).

The likelihood of Gold Coast talented jockey Chris Whiteley having the mount on Echo Point in the $230K Country Cups Challenge Final (1600m) at Doomben on December 3, could explain his presence at Callaghan Park.

Formerly under the care of Barcaldine’s Todd Austin, the Sebring gelding Echo Point looked awesome under Whiteley when flashing home to win the Yeppoon Cup (1400m) on October 29.

New trainer Raymond Williams has chosen the Open Handicap (R 3 -TAB 1) for Echo Point in his build-up for the Doomben feature and it would only appear that Jared Wehlow’s three times consecutive winner Tricology (TAB 2) could deprive him of victory.

Arguably, the Ricky Vale trained Divide The Sea (R 2 – TAB 1) judged as a future star of Rockhampton racing seems to have the BM 65 (1300m) at his mercy.

A former WA Stakes race performer, Divide The Sea chases three “picket fences” alongside his neame and it will be surprising if he leaves the racecourse without that occurring.

Hardest to beat will be John Wigginton trained Sidearm (TAB 2), a last start Callaghan Park winner and dual Adelaide placegetter.

Wigginton’s In Evidence (R 1 – TAB 1) is the youngster to beat in the depleted field in the QTIS 2YO Maiden (1050m).

While it is only a race of four, small numbers in Queensland juvenile races this season have become the norm both in Brisbane and elsewhere.

So much so, concerns have been raised by Racing Queensland and the Australian Trainers Association (ATA) has canvassed its members about the matter.

In other racing news, Emerald’s Scott Power has been chosen to broadcast the finals of the Country Stampede and Country Cups Challenge at Brisbane’s Doomben racecourse on December 3.

Graham Green trained Master Jamie has drawn barrier five in the Swiss Ace Plate (1000m) at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.

Stablemate, the recent Breeders Rockhampton Plate (1050m) winner Shamedy has come up with the seven gate in the “Mishani saved” eight horse 2YO Handicap (1200m) on the same program,

Without the three youngsters engaged with the Mishani moniker, the $125,000 QTIS race could have been judged as an embarrassment.

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