First class 7 race program for Pink Ribbon Stradbroke Charity Raceday this Saturday!

Published 10 June 2024

First class 7 race program for Pink Ribbon Stradbroke Charity Raceday this Saturday!

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First and foremost, the Pink Ribbon Stradbroke Charity Race Day this Saturday June 15 to benefit Breast Screen Rockhampton, is shaping as highly successful on and off the track. This Face Book Page has all the information about the social activities planned for the day and it is not too late to come on board. The racing is assured of being first class as the seven race Saturday TAB card has attracted the best nominations for a weekend race meeting in Rockhampton for quite some time. Not only are there 90 horses entered but they include some very good ones at that. Local trainers will be joined by visiting trainers, prolific in horse numbers penned in for Saturday. Toowoomba trainer Mark Currie has 10 entered and with dual entries for some races, his choice of which horse will represent the stable will be a tip in itself. Astute Sunshine Coast mentor Natalie McCall has nominated five horses for Saturday. All the way from Roma will be Craig Smith with Secretly Better and the very talented Acedrod in the $36K QTIS 2YO (1100m). Other visiting trainers from Chinchilla, Mackay and Emerald also have appointments with starters at Callaghan Park on Saturday. The powerful local big, numbers stables of Clinton Taylor, Jared Wehlow, Nick Walsh and Ricky Vale have 19 horses nominated between them. 

The $36,000 QTIS 3YO (1300m) has lured a dozen nominations including the well above average Cherry Rose and Je Suis Fabulous (McConachy), Drang A Tang (Currie), Hell and Fine Shot (Walsh), Papasito (Taylor) and Scribble (McCall). Among the other highly promising Callaghan Park trained horses entered to race on Saturday are Awol (NZ), Knight’s Sword, Honkytonk Diva, Thisland Is My Land, Jungle Beat, Kick On Command, Sir Grace (NZ) and others that I have likely missed. (I notice trainer Jamie McConachy has the highly promising Kelvin Sparrow owned Cherry Rose also entered for Townsville races on Thursday. Interesting to see which path Jamie and Kelvin choose for the filly chasing four wins on the trot.) 

Fabulous news that on Saturday the Open (1500m) has drawn 13 entries and the Open (1200m) a dozen. Callaghan Park race meetings have eight distance ranges from 1050 metres to 2231 metres. There are 21 various classes of races that are available to be programmed for a Rockhampton race meeting. Do the sums and it equates to 168 options available to program for a Callaghan Park race meeting where in most cases only seven races are scheduled. The upsurge in nominations Saturday’s Pink Ribbon Stradbroke Charity Race Day promises a bumper race day leading up to the Winter Racing Carnival in the weeks ahead.

It won’t just be Callaghan Park that is the focus of attention from Central Queenslanders on Saturday. Rockhampton racing stars Chinny Boom and Master Jamie are mixing it with the city slickers from throughout Australia on Stradbroke Day at Eagle Farm. Clinton Taylor has Chinny Boom entered for both the $300K Dane Ripper F & M (1300m) and the  $160K LR Hinkler (1200m). Graeme Green has Master Jamie penned in for the $160K WFA Wayne Wilson (1600m) as his lead-up run for the $150,000 Rockhampton Cup (1600m) on July 13. Both Clinton and Graeme are also planning to start their very good juveniles Astapor and Astra Star in the $160K LR Oxlade 2YO Stakes (1300m). That is going to be a crackerjack race believe you me. Here’s an early tip whatever you do Don’t Forget Jack.

Speaking of Clinton Taylor and Graeme Green, they currently are on the top two rungs of the ladder on the RJC trainer’s premiership for the 2023-24 season with just seven meetings remaining (15/6; 28/6; 30/6;12/7;13/7; 23/7 and 30/7). Clinton Taylor leads on 22 winners from Green on 19. Next is Jared Wehlow on 15 just one ahead of Nick Walsh with 14 winners. They are followed by Stuart Kendrick (12); John Wigginton and Garnett Taylor on eight winners from Kerrod Smyth, Ricky Vale, Jason Morgan and Jamie McConachy all with seven winners to date.  In the jockey’s department Justin Stanley leads with 32 winners from Warwick Satherley on 22 just two winners ahead of Ryan Wiggins. In the apprentice jockeys title Tahlia Fenlon is in front with 10 successes from Brooke Johnson with one less. With Brooke sidelined with a broken arm Tahlia Fenlon will win that title once again. Spoke to Brooke this arvo and her operation last Friday on her broken left arm “went well”.  “The bone was plated, and a few screws inserted. I go back to the surgeon on Wednesday week to get the stitches out and then it will be six weeks before I can use it or do anything with it,” Brooke told me. Back to the premierships. Currently Jason Morgan trained Doubtful Eye with five wins leads the RJC Horse of the Year figures. It is two wins clear of Dragon’s Snip; Devil Kick; Fine Shot; The Last Saga; Pepperdine; Letmeletgo; Awol; Desert Koby; Hard Reyla and Janean. 

At the risk of being repetitious Callaghan Park trainer Graeme Green is enjoying the best season of his career and it well may get even better. Since I last posted on Graeme’s winning trot of late, he won with Mahia at Mackay last Thursday and then Phoenix Flyer at Townsville last Saturday. Since the beginning of May, Green has trained nine winners from 21 starters including five straight at one stage. On Wednesday, I noticed that Graeme has his back-to-back Mackay and Rockhampton winner Desert Koby accepted to run at Doomben under Justin Huxtable. Desert Koby is TAB 3 in R 5, the $38K 3YO BM65 (1200m). Obviously, Graeme must have quite an opinion of the horse. Tomorrow, I hope to report on another local training cove going just as well with fewer numbers of horses to choose from. 

Until then, Happy Horses everyone – Tony McMahon. 

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