Gold Coast QTIS Jewel RACEDAY Preview – by Tony McMahon
Published 18 March 2022
To say that Rockhampton trained horses did not fare too well with their barrier draws at Saturday’s $1.6M feature Gold Coast race day would be putting it mildly.
A more correct description would be that in the main they came up with the much maligned “visitors draw” with one exception.
Callaghan Park trainer Graeme Green headed down with his talented pair Ahooshu for the $5000K 3YO QTIS Jewel (1200m) and Master Jamie in the $150K Gold Jewel Open (1400m).
No joy there for Graeme with Ahooshu drawing gate 14 while Master Jamie will start from the extreme outside of 13.
However, there is no turning back with such lucrative stakes on offer and luck in running will play a vital role to their chances in wide open races.
Young trainer Tom Smith’s first runner in such elite company in Better Rain came up with barrier 11 in the $500K QTIS 2YO Jewel (1200m).
The common thread with the trio is that each will be ridden by Les “Bubba” Tilly so what has he done to get the stars so unaligned?
Naturally, that puts a dampener on the prospects of the trio sharing in the lucrative winners and placegetters purse.
However, racing is an entirely different kettle of fish there days as prize money at TAB meetings is paid down to 10th.
For example, even if Ahooshu and Better Rain finish between sixth and 10th they will claim $6000 in purses and significantly more if placed fourth or fifth.
Master Jamie will earn $2250 if the unthinkable happens and he finishes between sixth and 10th.
Another Callaghan Park trainer in Stephen Rundle is also trying his luck in The Jewel Open Handicap with Emma’s Jet but guess what?
You got it Emma’s Jet came up with 13 out of 13 when the software mechanism determined the draw.
The only bit of good news was for Clinton Taylor when his stable representative Magnetic Drive was allotted marble five in the 3YO Jewel with Justin Stanley in the saddle.
Meanwhile, the Rockhampton Jockey Club has scheduled a seven race TAB program for Callaghan Park next Tuesday.
In a positive reversal on trends this season 22 two-year-olds will grace the Callaghan Park turf.
The outcome of the QTIS 2YO Handicap (1200m) will give a sneak preview of the prospects of three Capricornia Yearling Sale 2YO Classic (1200m) finalists.
Capricornia Sales graduates, John Wigginton’s Street Glory ($16k), Jason Morgan’s Tour De Dream ($20K) and Fred Smith’s Glen Isla Miler ($20k) will be having vital lead-up runs towards the $14K QTIS Classic on April 9.
Incidentally, catalogues for the 2022 CYS in Rockhampton on Sunday, April 10 are available at the RJC offices at Callaghan Park.
The last race on next Tuesday’s RJC program has brought together an outstanding field in the BM 65 Handicap (1300m).
Racing heads back to Callaghan Park on Friday, April 1.