Friday’s program at Callaghan Park promises first class regional racing!

Published 25 October 2023

Friday’s program at Callaghan Park promises first class regional racing!

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Piggybacking from the unqualified success of last Saturday’s Rockhampton Jockey Club Caulfield Cup Race Day, the club has scheduled a first-class TAB meeting at Callaghan Park racecourse on Friday. 

The eight race TAB card will avail patrons the opportunity to take-in the new look extended hospitality complex overlooking the saddling enclosure which now boasts an open elevated viewing deck.

Just recently completed, the new multi-purpose complex was officially opened last Saturday and hosted hundreds of racegoers part of the 3500 in attendance. 

There will be room aplenty in the new facility at Friday’s TAB meeting which will provide racegoers with the opportunity to satisfy their curiosity and take in firsthand the news facilities on offer.

RJC CEO David Aldred said members of the racing public were welcome to take advantage of the new facilities and could do so by preferably making a booking with the club and purchasing tickets leading-up to race days. 

Friday’s program promises to offer first class regional racing as fields are composed of multiple genuine formidable winning chances right throughout the entire card. 

The jockeys’ rooms will be busy workplaces and full of chatter as 18 jockeys will service the meeting – seven (FI/FO); six (local) and five (DI/DO -drive in/drive out).

Rockhampton apprentice Tahlia Fenlon, temporarily based in Brisbane with trainer Chris Munce and Callaghan Park based senior Warwick Satherley will have to keep well hydrated as each has full books of eight race rides. 

So too will the very much in-form jockey Justin Stanley who should ride multiple winners on Friday, a feat he is becoming accustomed to of late at Callaghan Park and Ooralea, Mackay.

Trainers too will be kept on their toes as among the local band Kerrod Smyth will saddle-up six starters as will Clinton Taylor.

Current Callaghan Park premier trainer Ricky Vale is due to start five horses on Friday.

Roma’s Craig Smith with four horses floating the 468km to Callaghan Park is the biggest contributor starter-wise of the 20 visiting trainers bringing horses to the races.


Well with such a diversified range of horses starting on Friday from different centres, there will be tips aplenty.

However, there was much to like about the effort of the Clinton Taylor trained OBLIQUITY (TAB 4 – RACE 5) when it had a soft trial on a reconnaissance mission at Callaghan Park over 900 metres just last Monday. 

Racing commences on Friday at 12.26pm and concludes at 4.43pm.

Racing comes back to Callaghan Park on Friday (November 7) while Gladstone race this Saturday followed by Keppel Park, Yeppoon on Saturday, November 4.

Melbourne Cup Day racing will be staged at Gladstone and Mackay on Tuesday, November 7 while Moranbah has its biggest race meeting of the year on Saturday, November 11.

Happy Horses – Tony McMahon. 

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