Idyllic conditions for tomorrow’s RGGS 21st annual raceday.

Published 16 June 2023

Idyllic conditions for tomorrow’s RGGS 21st annual raceday.

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What a beautiful day for a winter race meeting with predictions that it will be picture-perfect for the 21st annual Rockhampton Girls Grammar School races at Callaghan Park on Saturday.

Idyllic weather conditions are predicted to coincide with the event with the temperature hitting 25 degrees on a fine sunny day.

 A vintage crowd dressed in the garb of the theme of “The Roaring Twenties” certainly couldn’t have asked for anything better.

Topping off the occasion is a six-race program on the Callaghan Park turf track with the first race scheduled for 12.49pm. However, party time starts well before that for the RGGS attendees.

The party is set to continue long after the last local race is run just after 3.47pm with an after-racecourse party with Mother Love performing.

Trainers supply horses from as far afield as Brisbane, Sunshine Coast, Roma and Mackay.

Premier jockey Ryan Wiggins and Jackson Murphy will travel from Brisbane; Adrian Layt (Townsville); Chris Whiteley (Gold Coast); Adam Sewell (Sunshine Coast); Cheryl Rodgers (Roma) while Jade Doolan comes down from Mackay.

Doolan rides Little Miss Belle (R 1 -TAB 4); Sidearm (R 2 -TAB 4); Saw That Coming (R 4 -TAB 5) and Our Gold Claim (R 6 -TAB 6).

The Mackay senior apprentice centers her life around horses and Saturday’s race riding is part of a very busy agenda she is in the midst of completing.

Jade rode two winners at Moranbah races last Saturday before returning to Mackay for track and stable duties until Tuesday when she travelled to Rockhampton with her racehorse cum Show Horse Milky Rocket.

They prepped for the Rockhampton Show before competing on Wednesday and Thursday.

After riding at Callaghan Park on Saturday, Jade and Milky Rocket the palomino she tags as The Cream Puff compete in the Finch Hatton Show on Sunday 

Then the pair are back working at John Manzelmann’s 40 plus horses strong Mackay stable on Monday and Tuesday morning before “showing off” at The Mackay Show later on Tuesday.

Not forgetting Jade will be race riding at the Mackay Turf Club races on Thursday. 

Jade Doolan 34, with 45 winners to her credit was a late starter to jockeying and has only been race riding for 18 months.

Her best winning prospect at the RGGS races appear as the John Wigginton trained pair of Sidearm and Saw That Coming.

The latter provided Jade with her first Rockhampton winner on June 2 just a short time after Doolan was granted a provincial jockey’s license.

 Saturday’s Callaghan Park races will lead to a busy week for the Rockhampton Jockey Club, which races there again next Friday and Sunday.

Some of the racing stakeholders taking part on Saturday will back-up at the Springsure races the very next day on Sunday which commence at the early starting time of 12 noon.

On paper it appears as one of the strongest race meetings staged at Springsure for ages.

A highlight will be the reappearance of the old champ” Fav’s Cowboy (11yo) which has won 49 races.

Fav’s Cowboy has not raced since being unplaced at Mt Isa in February and he runs in the Kevin Woolcock Memorial Open Bracelet (1100m) under apprentice Tamara Noble.

Noble commenced race riding last month and rode her first winner at her last ride, just last Saturday at Gayndah races.

Tamara 26, will reduce Fav’s Cowboy weight to 60kg as he chases that elusive 50th win.


Tony McMahon.

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