“Good barriers mean half the battle is over.” Clinton Taylor

Published 30 November 2022

“Good barriers mean half the battle is over.” Clinton Taylor

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Rockhampton trainer Clinton Taylor’s horses have come up with their fair share of the “visitor’s draw” when they campaign away from home but that’s certainly not the case at Doomben on Saturday.

Stable starlet and Queensland’s most talked about 3YO filly, unbeaten Chinny Boom drew the coveted rails barrier in her biggest assignment to date, the $150K Mode Stakes (1200m).

Stablemate, the country lass Attackabeel. also delighted the premier Rocky trainer coming up with barrier two in the $105,000 Country Stampede Final (1110m).

The “visitor’s draw” is a despised term applied in racing whereby travelling horses from outside centres often draw widely or as is said “in the carpark” when they are transported long distances to race.

“Don’t worry I’ve had a few bad ones (wide draws) lately so I’m very happy with the barriers. I think they were due on Saturday”, Taylor said from Brisbane on Wednesday morning.

“Good barriers mean half the battle is over for them both and now only the other half, the race itself has to go”, the trainer said.

Chinny Boom advanced her record from four northern wins at Townsville, Mackay and Rockhampton (2) with a stellar winning city debut over 1000 metres in 3YO company at Eagle Farm on October 29.

Her northern wins were over 1000 and 1100 metres but Taylor has no reason to disbelieve that Chinny Boom can run out a strong 1200 metres of Saturday’s race.

“The rails barrier will provide her jockey Ben Thompson with plenty of options he needs on how to ride her. He could lead or whatever. He will be able to make his mind up from there early on”, Clinton surmised.

As expected, The Mode, which carries Listed Race (LR) status has lured a strong field of fillies (15) at the set weights handicap scale of 56.5kg.

On the criteria of the official barometer – (BM) benchmark ratings, Chinny Boom on a BM 74.5, is second highest behind Expo Lady (84) while Stroll (72) is the only other rated over 70.

Clinton Taylor, Rockhampton’s premier trainer from last season said he could not be happier with Chinny Boom which has been based in Brisbane since late last week.

“She is going super and hasn’t missed a beat”, he said.

He sees Saturday’s mission to win a Listed Race (LR) with Chinny Boom being ultra-important as a means of expressing gratitude to her owner-breeder Mark Pascoe for his faith in him.

The Chinchilla based owner-breeder has refused “name your price” offers to buy Chinny Boom, preferring to enjoy the pleasure of racing the filly himself under Taylor’s stewardship.

That may not have happened had Pascoe not stuck to his $50K reserve for his Spirit OF Boom filly and accepted the last bid of $48K at the Gold Coast’s March MM Yearling Sale in 2021.

Attackabeel (b m 4 Counterattack-Tia (NZ) was purchased at the same Gold Coast venue a year earlier for just $10K which she has multiplied 10-fold to just over $80K.

Owned by another country connection, Injune’s Shane Mills who races a number of horses in Taylor’s care, Attackabeel has only finished further back than fourth twice in 16 starts.

“She’s only missed a place twice and is too consistent to not be considered an each-way chance in her race on Saturday”, Clinton said.

A winner of three of her last four starts – Emerald, Thangool and Gladstone, the speedy Attackabeel under Samantha Collett gets her chance in the Final as most of the top hopes have “the visitor’s draw”.

Tony McMahon

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