Nominations ‘HUGE’ for Callaghan Park Friday 19 December.

Published 12 December 2022

Nominations ‘HUGE’ for Callaghan Park Friday 19 December.

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The Rockhampton Jockey Club received a timely Christmas present today (Monday) by receiving the biggest list of nominations for a Callaghan Park race meeting in months.
Some 96 horses were entered for the eight race TAB program for this Friday and that number could even reach or exceed 100 with entries extended until 10am Tuesday.

RJC CEO, Ian Mill said he was delighted with the list of entries which coincides with the club’s annual Family Fun Day Christmas Race meeting incorporating the Dashy Dash.
“Truly the huge number of horses entered is, I suppose you could say, icing on the Christmas cake for the club. Already we have very large bookings and are expecting a big turnout of kids and their parents given that it is the first week of school holidays. We have lots planned for the kids to entertain them and the best part is it is a free day for all concerned”, Mill said.

A range of activities including face painting, a cutie petting animal zoo, cup cake decorating, the appearance of Santa Claus, hobby horse race, jumping castle, water balls and slides are organised.
In keeping with the occasion their will be popcorn, fairy floss and snow cones while dairy free ice creams named No Moo For You should also be popular with the children

While nominations are burgeoning as far as the horses go, they are on the light side for the annual L.J. Hooker Dashy Dash.
“So far we will be running two heats for Daschund dogs but we have extended the entries seeking more doggies and they will now close on Wednesday”, the RJC’s Katie Langford said.
Another highlight on Friday will be the Kid’s Fashions on the Field which going on previous years will be keenly contested.

As an aside, Mill said that Callaghan Park was proving to be a very popular venue with “many functions booked for The Members over the Christmas-New Year periods”.
Now back to the races Friday, shall we?

Pleasingly, Friday’s meeting will be super competitive with a large influx of visiting horses from various centres throughout Queensland.
These include horses trained from the Gold Coast and its hinterland, Burnett, Darling Downs, Maranoa, Callide Valley, Central Highlands, Central West and Leichardt regions.

Callaghan Park trainer Jared Wehlow, enjoying a bumper racing season with 20 winners to date, is the biggest contributor of horses from the local trainers with 10 submitted.
It is going to be a busy week for Wehlow with three starters at Kilcoy (Tuesday) as well as having six entered for Mackay on the coming weekend.
Following Friday’s meeting the RJC will conduct its second last race day for 2022 a week later on December 23 with another eight race TAB card scheduled.

The last race meeting for the year will be staged at Callaghan Park on Thursday, December 29.
Racing will reconvene at Callaghan Park, Rockhampton on Tuesday, January 10, 2023.

Capricornia country racing heads to Gladstone this Saturday while the Mackay Turf Club conducts a meeting as well, drawing 68 horses of which 25 are based in Rockhampton.

Tony McMahon

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