Qld’s richest race will run at Callaghan Park Saturday.

Published 4 April 2024

Qld’s richest race will run at Callaghan Park Saturday.

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Rockhampton Jockey Club has scheduled the richest race run in Queensland on Saturday with the running of the $168K QTIS Capricornia Yearling Sale 2YO Plate (1200m) to be staged at Callaghan Park at 2.59pm. That would surprise a lot of people and that’s why it pays to do your homework when penning columns. Research is the name of the game – time consuming  granted but well worthwhile. The Brisbane Racing Club at Eagle Farm has two QTIS Bonus races advertised worth $137,500 being the next closest. Well, done Rockhampton.

On the subject of Eagle Farm, four local Callaghan Park trained horses will be competing on the massive 10 race card there which has attracted – wait for it – 187 acceptors. These are the John Wigginton pair, Electric Brae (Race 2 -TAB 13) and In Evidence (R 6 -TAB 2) both to be ridden by the Irishman Martin Harley. In a mixed bag, Electric Brae has drawn the rails barrier and In Evidence nine out of 11. Worse still the Tash Chambers representative Age Of Aquarius, which has remained in Brisbane after missing out when last Saturday’s races were abandoned, has to cop the visitors draw at gate 21 in R 2 as TAB 7. Fortunately, Clinton Taylor covered his options with talented Princess Tenko by dually accepting. Luckily, he did as she drew barrier 15 in Class 6 and was promptly scratched to instead run as TAB 7 in R 4 drawing barrier five to be ridden by Cejay Graham.  Good luck to all concerned.

Saturday’s CYS 2YO Classic (1200m) does not appear to have a standout runner. Looks quite open to my way of thinking. The 11horse field comprises four race winners – Rocky Rich, Chimera Magic, Margot Barbie and Silver Glitter. In fact, Georgie Holt trained Wandjina filly Margot Barbie is the only dual winner in the race. Townsville trainer Georgie Holt was in form at her home track today (Thursday) winning three races. Jackson Murphy who rides Margot Barbie rode a double at the meeting. Tom Button represented by Sewn Up and Silver Glitter (Luke Tarrant) landed a winning double at Townsville with one winner ridden by new stable jockey Tarrant. Rocky’s own Ashley Butler brought home a winner at Townsville while trainer John Wigginton had to be content with second with his sole runner up there in Majestic Request.

Saddened to report on the passing last Monday of the very much loveable racing man Ken “Stumpy” Walker, 70 at Yeppoon. Formerly from Bondoola, Ken was a real character who sadly became stricken with a condition some years ago. Ken and his wife Michelle raced some very good horses over the years but during my time the best was by far the Real Saga filly Sweet Dolly trained by Kevin Hansen. I will never forget her brilliant win under Justin Stanley in the rich Aquis Jewel at the Gold Coast on March 12, 2021. In a very brief career, Sweet Dolly accrued almost $500K in stakes. The celebration of the life of Stumpy Walker will be held at the East Chapel of the Rockhampton Crematorium on April 12 from 12 noon. Deepest and sincerest condolences to all the Walker family from the Rockhampton racing community.

Not that you need to be reminded I am sure but even if you are not intending to purchase, all are welcome at the Capricornia Yearling Sales commencing at 11 am sharp on Sunday at the Robert Schwarten Pavilion at the Showgrounds. A Yearling Sale makes for great theatre, and it will be no different on Sunday. The catalogue lists 32 vendors with 10 of those from the Central Queensland area. Breeding thoroughbreds is a very tough gig for want of a better word and is fueled by passion which is a huge component of all aspects of the racing industry. Good luck to all vendors and particularly so to the ten locals. One thing is always assured from the Capricornia Yearling Sales future winners galore will come from the sale ring on Sunday.

Emphasisng that statement, just look through the field for the $118K 3 &4YO CYS Classic run-on Saturday. The dozen starters have won 29 races between them, and it is early days yet for most of them.  What is more, their stakes so far have amounted to $612,930. Collectively the 12 sold through the Rockhampton Sales for $310,000. So, in bulk they have won double their purchase price. Track Tale sold for just $8K and has won to date $93,550 while the cheapest Skreatch sold for $6K and has $31.325 so far. From my research, only two in the field The Hairdresser (only three starts for two wins) and Takeru have won less than their sale price through the Rocky Sale ring. If that doesn’t endorse the Capricornia Yearling Sale represents fantastic buying, nothing will.

Magic Millions Sales Director and auctioneer David Chester, who honed his skills as a youngster in Rockhgmpton, is in for a busy few days. Naturally on Sunday, he will lead the MM team with the gavel at the Capricornia Yearling Sale as he has done with such professional aplomb for many years. However, on Friday (April 5) he will be 2500km away conducting the Northern Territory Tried Horse Sale at Alice Springs. Get around these MM auctioneers as one of the group flew up from the Gold Coast on the night of the recent March Yearling Sales to conduct a sale in Asia.

Big news out of Rockhampton on Thursday is that Jennifer Acton has secured the much sought after slot of brilliant local Chilly Boom in the $775K The Archer which highlights Rocky Amateurs on April 28. The announcement made by Jennifer came on the first anniversary of the tragic death in a helicopter crash of her beloved husband Alan Acton. Jennifer and daughter Jessica Acton are devoted to carrying on the legacy of Alan Acton and his contribution to racing in Central Queensland and in particular to the Rocky Amateurs of which Alan was Vice Chairman. The full story is available on the Rocky Amateurs – home of The Archer on the social media sites.

Isn’t former Mackay premier trainer of many years back in long time now Sunshine Coast based Stuart Kendrick having a golden run at present? Since March 1, he has trained an incredible 25 winners. This includes two lots of five winners at the Sunshine Coast on March 10 and again on March 24. Stuart had a bad day there on March 31, just landing four winners for the day. He has representatives over the next two days at Callaghan Park so may pay to look them up.

Enjoy your races and the Sale on Sunday folks.

Happy Horses – Tony McMahon.



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