Namazu a chance to run in Sunday’s Tatt’s Cup “If the weather (and track) are right.”

Published 25 June 2024

Namazu a chance to run in Sunday’s Tatt’s Cup “If the weather (and track) are right.”

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Weather and not weight will play a deciding factor as to whether giantkiller Namazu takes his place in Sunday’s $35,000 Tattersall’s Gold Cup (1600m) at Rockhampton’s Callaghan Park racecourse on Sunday.

Rockhampton owned and Ricky Vale trained Namazu was a surprise entry in Sunday’s precursor to the $150,000 Rockhampton Cup (1600m) run 13 days later.

A giant racehorse in both status and stature, Namazu rose to stardom by winning the $775K Rocky Amateurs The Archer (1300m) at Callaghan Park on April 28.

By doing so he joined the current elite Rockhampton Equine Millionaire Racehorse Club (REMRC) by taking his prizemoney haul to $1,078,970 sitting a close second to the other member Master Jamie on $1,079,825.

Namazu with a Benchmark Rating of 102, has 17 more points in the BM ratings than his nearest rival on that criterion in the Tatts Cup, the Jamie McConachy trained Alcyone with 85.

The BM ratings play a pivotal role in determining what weight a horse will be handicapped with in non-restricted conditions handicap races.

“We (connections) are expecting him (Namazu) to get 71kg in the Tatt’s Cup. He will run providing the weather (and track) is right,” managing part-owner Pav Cheimardinov said today (Tuesday).

Weights for the Tattersall’s Cup which has drawn 18 nominations will be declared by Racing Queensland handicappers by 4pm tomorrow (Wednesday).

The enthusiastic owner, a grand supporter of the Rockhampton racing industry codes, with interests in a number of horses and greyhounds locally trained did not shy at the mammoth weight Namazu would be allocated.

“Another record maybe,” he said cheekily in the form of a statement more so than a question.

Indeed, with sound reasoning as three starts back and in his lead-up run to The Archer, Namazu won with a whopping 68kg off a 97 BM at the time under jockey Ashley Butler over 1300 metres at Mackay on March 11.

“Äshley Butler will ride him again on Sunday providing the weather (and track) is right”, Cheimardinov once again stipulated.

Namazu is the winner of 13 races with nine being on tracks rated good and while four have been on surfaces rated soft.

His connections believe Namazu is far more effective on non-rain affected tracks and therefore if by chance the weather deteriorated leading up to Sunday’s trophy and the track was tainted, he would not go round.

From a Rockhampton Cup perspective, a win is Sunday’s Tattersalls Cup provides the victor with a “free ticket” into the Rockhampton Cup as she or he would be exempt from the ballot.

Namazu well and truly purchased his ticket through earlier wins including The Archer in which he carried Weight For Age including Ashley Butler at 59kg.

Under the Quality Handicapping conditions of the Rockhampton Cup, the maximum handicap weight is set at 62kg.

A total of 92 entries were received for Sunday’s eight race TAB card and these have been extended until 10am tomorrow (Wednesday).

The Tattersalls Sprint is the highlight of Friday’s Callaghan Park program with fields declared on Wednesday (tomorrow) at 9am.

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