History made: girl power gallops to victory in every race!

Published 15 May 2024

History made: girl power gallops to victory in every race!

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Three girls, three doubles, and a historic day for the Rockhampton Jockey Club summarises Tuesday’s race meeting where Brooke Johnson, Georgina Cartwright, and Tahlia Fenlon became the first all-female winners of a race program on turf at Callaghan Park.

It was just the second time in the club’s history that all female riders have won the entire program. The first time this was achieved was on 19 January 2010 when Trinity Bannon, Alisha Taylor, Shayla Evans, and the late Carly-Mae Pye rode all seven winners on the Callaghan Park sand track. Club historians claimed a national first for the girls who entered the record books that day. Yesterday the girls rode all six winners.

Rocky apprentice Brooke Johnson got the ball rolling winning the first race on I’lltellyougo for Berserker trainer Clinton Taylor in the QTIS 2yo Handicap, the gun young rider has been the pilot at three of the two-year-old filly’s four successive wins. Johnson brought up her double in the third race riding Mont Royal in the Maiden Handicap for Gladstone trainer Adam Briskey. Johnson’s three-kilogram claiming allowance at her first ride on the gelding proved a winning advantage.

Georgie Cartwright got off the mark early in the day riding former well-performed Victorian rising eight-year-old Exeter for its first win in some time in the Open Handicap sprint. It was Exeter’s first win since last September when the galloper was successful at Pakenham. A winner of close to $500,000, dual Moonee Valley winner, Exeter broke through for his first Queensland win for Rockhampton trainer Jason Morgan. Cartwright also won the Benchmark 65 Handicap riding dappled grey Frosty Bear for Bundaberg trainer Gary Clem.

Tahlia Fenlon, back from the south-east for a stint of riding at home, made the most of her opportunities with a victory on Jungle Beat for Callaghan Park trainer John O’Sing in the 0-55 Handicap. Jungle Beat who opened on TAB betting charts at $28 was backed into $3.20 by the start time and got the cash, running a quick time. The Last Saga was Fenlon’s second leg of her double. Trained at Yeppoon by Allan Jenkinson, The Last Saga won the QTIS BM58 Handicap.

Johnson, Cartwright, and Fenlon are all great competitors week in, and week out at Callaghan Park and I know they would be very proud of their achievement, keeping the male jockeys winless at Callaghan Park. Congratulations girls, we all hope you celebrated your girl’s day out!

 

David Aldred.

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