Master Jamie unfazed by outside barrier draw.
Published 25 January 2024
Graeme Green, the Callaghan Park trainer and part-owner of Rockhampton racing’s millionaire equine Master Jamie, shrugged off the horse’s outside barrier draw for a feature race on Saturday.
Master Jamie, bought for a song at just $10,000 from a Magic Millions Yearling Sale, has come up with the “visitors draw” of 14 in the $160K Sunshine Coast Cup (1400m).
Not only that, the 18 times winner of $1.048.275 in stakes will carry top weight of 60kg.
“1 am not concerned about the wide gate as he won his two Rockhampton Cups from wide barriers.
It is a good start from the 1400m at Corbould Park and Bubba (jockey Les Tilley) can just let him roll forward and come across. I expect John Manzelmann’s horse Tiger Legend (last start Callaghan Park winner) to lead and we should be able to take up a close spot in behind him. Bubba knows Jamie so well so I will leave it up to him”, Green said.
His statement about Tilley was a given as the jockey has won 11 races on Master Jamie including his first start win way back on November 9, 2018.
Green once again was “lost for words” in attempting to describe Master Jamie’s tenacity.
Since his last start third in the $750K King of the Mountain (1200m) in Toowoomba on New Year’s Day, he said his courageous steed had “thrived”.
“It has taken time for his coat to come up this time in but that has happened since Toowoomba and that tells me he has improved. He always puts in and even his trackwork has improved,” the besotted Green said.
Talented stablemates Shamedy (Race 1 -TAB 1) and Top Spy (R 7 -TAB 14) also drew poorly for their planned Sunshine Coast assignments.
So much so, Top Spy’s draw of 14 persuaded Green to scratch and instead start the last start ultra smart Rocky winner at Eagle Farm races on Friday.
Top Spy starts under top Irish jockey Martin Harley in Race 1 as TAB 3.
“It’s a far more suitable race for her and her last start Rocky win (under 60kg) was enormous. She will race well,” Green predicted.
The trainer believes the same way about honest three-year-old Shamedy which will lump 60kg in the rich QTIS 3YO (1600m) and start from the second widest barrier in the small field.
Green’s horses weren’t the only Rockhampton owned ones to fare badly with barrier draws at the Sunshine Coast.
The Jamie McConachy prepared Dollar Dollar (R 10 – TAB 19) couldn’t have done much worse than drawing 17.
Jockey Ryan Wiggins will no doubt go back and ride the last start Rockhampton impressive winner “for luck”.
Cocobrew Express (R 4 -TAB 12) and Jemeldi (R 6 – TAB 8) also had little luck with barrier draws.
Rockhampton’s latest ownership group One Syndications purchased the racehorse Hell for $35,000 at an online sale on Wednesday.
One Syndications has made a sensational start with having just two race starters for two winners in the last fortnight at Rockhampton and the Sunshine Coast.
Happy Horses Tony McMahon