Group 1 winner Ben Thompson’s flying visit to Callaghan Park.

Published 30 May 2023

Group 1 winner Ben Thompson’s flying visit to Callaghan Park.

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Premier Rockhampton trainer Clinton Taylor was full of praise for GROUP 1 winning Brisbane jockey Ben Thompson after he made a whirl wind visit to ride Chinny Boom in a Callaghan Park jump out on Monday morning.

Regular track watchers were stunned when Thomson arrived on course and duly piloted Chinny Boom to a comfortable win in a jump out over 900 metres on the grass course proper.

Renowned for his professional attitude and dedication, the effort was worthwhile as Chinny Boom won the heat impressively leading all the way to defeat classy galloper Bollente.

When asked about Chinny Boom’s effort, trainer Taylor was naturally upbeat but he wanted to place more emphasis on the work ethic of the obliging Thompson.

“Ben rode her for us at Chinny Boom’s last two starts for a win in at Doomben (April 8) and then when I think she must have jarred up when failing in the Mick Dittman Plate there on April 22. He rode Chinny in all her track work while she was based in Brisbane in April”, Taylor said

He went on to say “I just rang and asked him would he come up to ride her on Monday in the jump out. He said no worries as he liked the filly and wanted to stick with her. It was a big effort on Ben’s part. He is such a professional and obliging and I have to say a lot of jockeys should take a leaf out of his book”. 

On the score of Chinny Boom, the trainer who has prepared her for six wins, (five in succession) and a close second in the LR Mode Plate from eight starts, was buoyed about going forward.

“Ben knows her so well and that was a big factor. She jumped well and led and even though getting a little tired late won comfortably and ran very good time. I was surprised actually that she ran 54.37 seconds as that is fast. Chinny hasn’t had a heap of work since her last start but she spent time on the water walker while having a little let-up. Times don’t lie”, Taylor said.

He said Ben Thompson was happy with the work and was keen to stick with Chinny Boom which is likely to next start in a $200K 3YO Fillies Plate (1200m) at Eagle Farm on June 24.

“It was a huge effort by Ben as his plane landed about 7am and after the jump out (his only ride at the 11 jump outs/trials session) he was back to the airport and flying back to Brisbane at 10am. Not many jockeys would go to that effort”, Taylor said.

On Tuesday, Thompson said he never hesitated about flying to Rockhampton when Taylor called him last Friday.

“It worked out really well for me with my schedule so up I went. Chinny Boom felt great as I know her from riding all her trackwork down here (Brisbane) and in two races. I was keen to have a guide as to her progress and was very happy with the way she felt and trialled. 

She went to the line nicely and is such a professional.  I am very pleased to be sticking with her to ride”, Thompson said.

Formerly Victorian based, the lightweight Thompson scored his first elusive GROUP I win on the Brisbane trained Uncommon James in the $750K Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Sandown in February.

He has only ridden at Callaghan Park on three occasions and most recently won the city’s richest race the $775,000 The Archer (1300m) on April 30 aboard Alpine Edge.

There was other good news for the Taylor stable today (Tuesday) when staying filly Divine Purpose made the cut for Saturday’s $700,000 GR 1 Queensland Oaks (2200m).

Divine Purpose, a four times winner from just eight starts will also be ridden by Ben Thompson who has been placed on her at her last two starts over middle distances at Eagle Farm and Ipswich.

She will be Clinton Taylor’s first starter in a GROUP 1 race.

With 172 winners beside his name, Clinton Taylor has made a meteoric rise in Queensland’s training ranks since starting off at Condamine in 2018.

Ben Thomson 25, has ridden 677 winners since his career commenced in Victoria in 2014, including 87 on Melbourne metropolitan tracks as well as 122 in Brisbane since relocating there two years ago.

Thompson 50kg, is enjoying his best season (2022/23) placed fifth on the Australian Jockeys’ premiership table with 127 wins.


Anthony McMahon.

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