Master Jamie ‘The City’s Champion’ Receives Treatment: By Tony McMahon.

Published 9 November 2022

Master Jamie ‘The City’s Champion’ Receives Treatment: By Tony McMahon.

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Rockhampton trainer Graeme Green reports that the city’s champion racehorse Master Jamie has been treated for “a couple of slight blood disorders” as a consequence of his barrier trial failure at Callaghan Park on Monday.

Green was concerned that Master Jamie trialled “flat” and demonstrated no interest in galloping when finishing lengths back in a trial over 900 metres.

“We did his blood and they indicated some minor problems including a low calcium level. He has been treated (by the vet) and is expected to pick-up again quickly’’, Green said.

So much so, the trainer “threw a nom in” for Master Jamie to contest the $155K Swiss Ace Plate (1000m) at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday week.

Graeme Green said he had also nominated last Friday’s impressive Breeders 2YO C & G Plate (1050m) winner Shamedy for the same day in the 2YO Handicap (1200m).

He has a big opinion of the son of Better Than Ready which under the banner of Green Racing he outlaid $90,000 to acquire at the March Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale this year.

“I can tell you I was shaking when I signed the purchase slip but I liked him a lot and he has since shown me a lot on the track here”, Green said.

In the meantime, Green like many other Rockhampton trainers is campaigning at the Emerald TAB races on Saturday.

Raymond Williams, the part-time track curator of Emerald’s Pioneer Park racecourse described the grass surface as he mowed it today (Wednesday) as “looking like a million dollars”.

That’s music to the ears of trainer Green and a bevy of that ilk from Rockhampton who also head west along the Capricorn Highway on Saturday to support the TAB meeting there that afternoon.

Rockhampton horses comprise around one third of the 71 entries for the six-race program that has attracted horses from as far south as Toowoomba and Charleville and west to Ilfracombe.

Other Rocky trainers planning to go there include Darryl Johnson, John Wigginton, Alan Jones, Kevin Miller, Clinton Taylor, Raymond West, William Weeks, Patrick Dillon, Julieann Lancaster, Angela Stephens, Dale Whyte, Shawn Geritz, Tom Smith and Tasha Chambers.

“No Tony, the grass track is looking magnificent and every bit as good or if not better than it was for the Emerald 100 meeting a month ago. At the moment it is probably around a Soft 5 and will get up to about a 6 tomorrow. I’ll give it just a little irrigation as there looks to be no rain about”, Williams said.

Despite being time strapped as a horse trainer and mining industry worker, the Pioneer Park surface has rebounded under Raymond’s supervision.

Recently, Brisbane’s Warren Williams a racecourse track specialist met with Raymond Williams at Pioneer Park to offer his advice on a maintenance program

“Warren offered his assistance in explaining what was required to irrigate the track and present it as best as possible”, Raymond said. 

Williams the trainer will have two starters at Saturday’s Emerald card – The Snooperstar in the All Brands Toys Open (1280m) and Lily Allez (NZ) in the Evoke Maintenance Services BM 60 (1000m).

Rockhampton jockey Chris McIver will ride both. 

The trainer himself may miss the local meeting and instead head to Home Hill in an attempt to qualify Star Of O’Reilly (NZ) for the $105K RQ Country Stampede Final (1100m) at Doomben on December 3.

“He only has 63kg at Home Hill in the qualifier opposed to 67.5kg in the qualifier at Blackall on Saturday. The Home Hill race is a Quality even with a 63kg maximum whereas the one at Blackall is a handicap”, Williams said.

Despite what looks an attractive weight for Star Of O’Reilly, the 13 times race winner of almost $220K, Williams explained that his seven rivals at Home Hill were weighted on the minimum.

In other news from the Williams stable his other imposing sprinter and winner of 15 races in Ahwahneechee was gone to the paddock.

“He’s been up for a long time with a few weeks break along the way. He needs a spell now”, the trainer said.

Roma trainer Craig Smith could have as many as four starters at the Emerald TAB races.

These are Last Armageddon (Open 1280m); Winneba and As Good As Ready (BM 60, 1000m) and Windski (Maiden, 1200m).

The final fields for Saturday will be declared late Thursday morning. 

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