Dual Rockhampton Cup winner Master Jamie has gained a slot in the $750,000 Mort and Co sponsored King Of The Mountain (1200m) at Toowoomba’s Clifford Park racecourse on New Year’s Day.
Should he be successful or even placed, Master Jamie will become the first Callaghan Park lifetime career trained horse to have reached and smashed the $1 million price money mark.
Trained there by his part owner Graeme Green and raced in partnership by Ron and Bev White, the gallant veteran’ stakes haul currently sits at $948,275.
This has come about from 18 wins and another 20 placings from 56 starts.
Green said today (Tuesday) he was delighted on two fronts about Master Jamie’s inclusion in The King Of The Mountain.
“We are all so thrilled about him gaining a spot in the rich King Of The Mountain. Also I couldn’t be happier with the way he has come through his very good run in the Falvelon at Eagle Farm last Saturday. He just peaked on his run 100 metres out. They ran very fast time for the 1200 metres
and he kept on fighting to the line. It was a great first-up effort from him. I have sent him straight up to Toowoomba to acclimatise leading up to the big race”, Green said.
Master Jamie’s finished seventh beaten less than four lengths in the Falvelon after contesting the lead throughout.
He was having his first start since August. Les “Bubba” Tilley who has been associated with Master Jamie throughout his brilliant career has retained the ride at Toowoomba. Tilley honed his skills in the Darling Downs region as an apprentice and therefore has a sound knowledge of the undulating Clifford Park track.
He rides it regularly and has a very good winning record there.
Meanwhile, boom Rockhampton juvenile Astapor has been sent for an immediate spell after finishing 5.62 lengths fourth in last Saturday’s $300K B.J.McLachlan (1200m) at Eagle Farm.
“He is OK but has just come to the end of his preparation,” his Rockhampton trainer Clinton Taylor said.
Taylor goes racing again in Brisbane next Saturday with his top mare Chinny Boom.
Already a dual Brisbane winner, Chinny Boom is 12th in the ballot for the $200K Nudgee Stakes (1200m) but is assured of gaining a start.