Race Day Preview – ARTICLE BY Tony McMahon
Published 4 March 2022
Fresh from winning the recent $252K GR 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) in Sydney with Best of Bordeaux, Gold Goast trainer Kacy Fogden will have two starters at Callaghan Park races in Rockhampton today.
Kacy’s first runner on the seven race TAB card is Fresh Prince (Race 1 – TAB 2) in the opening race the QTIS 3YO Maiden (1200m).
While Fresh Prince’s form is moderate it is certainly strong enough for it to be regarded a leading contender in the race.
Fresh Prince will be ridden by Nathan Day as is the case with her other starter Shalook (R 4-TAB 9) engaged in the QTIS 2YO Maiden (1100m).
Shalook is the most interesting runner in the 10 strong field of youngsters which is the biggest in volume to start in this grade in Rockhampton this season.
Shalook (b f 2 Shalaa (IRE)-Watchme x Bel Espirit) cost Kacy Fogden Racing $100,000 when sold through the Magic Million January 2021 Yearling Sales.
After trialling well pre-season, Shalook was one of the favoured runners when seventh on debut in the first of the season’s 2YO Fillies (1000m) races at Eagle Farm in October.
On paper her run may have looked mediocre but in fact it was quite sound as she finished seventh some 6.1 lengths behind the winner Exo Lady.
Shalook then trialled over 1000 metres at the Gold Coast on January 4 when finishing one length 2nd of six under Nash Rawiller over 1000 metres behind Cusack.
That form is very strong as Cusack is the winner of the Ballarat Magic Millions Classic so it was no disgrace for Shalook only to be beaten a length.
Shalook has not stepped out in a public trial since but for certain Fogden will have the filly fit for a first up win today.
A win from Shalook is certainly not a foregone conclusion as Kevin Miller’s Diamond Honey (TAB 1), John Wigginton’s Ikigai Star (TAB 2) and Liam Birchley’s Under The Covers (TAB 3) all have good recent trial form.
If there is an upset in the race it could come from the Adrian Coome trained Readyentime (TAB 8).
Racing commences at 1.21PM with the last race to be run at 5.08pm.
The next race meeting at Callaghan Park will be the gala St Patrick’s Day races on Saturday, March 12.
Racing Queensland has added a $19K Maiden (1500m) to the existing card.
Full details on the social aspects of St Pat’s Day races are available on the RJC Callaghan Park Facebook page.cc