Keppel Park rated ‘Good 4’ ready for tomorrow’s race meet: By Tony McMahon
Published 26 September 2022
Keppel Park’s grass course proper was rated a Good 4 today (Monday) on the eve of the Rockhampton Jockey Club’s transferred TAB race meeting there on Tuesday.
The program with 60 starters will be the second such held at Keppel Park while Rockhampton’s Callaghan Park racecourse underwent an annual maintenance revamp this month.
Racing is scheduled to resume at Callaghan Park next Tuesday, October 4.
RJC chairman Rob Carr reported on Monday morning that a penetrometer reading of the Keppel Park circuit read at 5.19 with the track rated a Good 4.
“I have been told that the track will receive a minimum of 3mm of irrigation today as well”, Carr said, There was criticism from some trainers about the “firmness” of the Keppel Park surface for the previous transferred RJC race meeting there on September 13.
It was subsequently reported that the irrigation system at Keppel Park had been unworkable which prompted officials from both clubs to find a solution. RJC chairman Carr acted expediently when advised about the problem and said he would do all he could to attempt to rectify it. Yeppoon Turf Club secretary Mary Hornery confirmed that the track had undergone irrigation today (Monday). “I saw Trent (Williams – RJC track manager) here at Keppel Park this morning and the irrigation was in operation on the track”, Hornery said.
Replacement jockeys have been completed for injured jockey Tahlia Fenlon who had six mounts on the TAB program.
Fenlon sustained a broken right ankle and a badly sprained left ankle when dumped from a horse at Twin Hills races on Saturday, Apprentice, Melea Castle rides Jay Jay (Race 3), Chris McIver (Pinocchio Las – R4) while Toowoomba apprentice Jake Molloy has been booked for (Tezoff Rr 1), Vana Star (R 3), Shaluna (R 5) and Rutto (R 6).
Molloy 22, has been a real mover up the provincial premiership ladder this season with 15 winners to date. Now indentured to Toowoomba’s Lindsay Hatch, a former top jockey himself, Molloy is fresh from three winners in the last 10 days at Dalby and Kilcoy.
Jake, with 65 winners to his credit, has ridden on 33 different racecourses but he will be riding out at Keppel Park for the first time,Brisbane jockey Nathan Day, now doing the bulk of race riding for Clinton Taylor has a strong book of rides and looks the jockey for punters to hitch a ride with at Keppel Park. Day currently sits equal third with Ben Thompson on 20 winners behind James Orman (27) and Ryan Maloney (22) on the Queensland jockey’s premiership table. He currently heads the Queensland Provincial Jockeys Table.
Racing commences at Keppel Park at 1.20pm. There are no race meetings scheduled for Capricornia this Saturday but it is anticipated a bevy of local industry stakeholders will compete at the Mackay Turf Club’s meeting on that day.
The following Saturday, October 8 features the gala Emerald 100 race meeting which has been running since 1965.