Racing AROUND Capricornia with Tony McMahon.

Published 24 October 2023

Racing AROUND Capricornia with Tony McMahon.

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Busy set of trials and jump outs at Callaghan Park racecourse on Monday morning. Apart from the “babies” (2YO’s) strutting their stuff, there was considerable interest in the Clinton Taylor trained Chinny Boom making a low-key reappearance. Chinny Boom (b m 4 Spirit Of Boom-Imanoremis) was the “golden girl” of Rockhampton racing this time last year winning five races straight at Rocky (2), Townsville, Mackay and Eagle Farm through to March 23 this year. She subsequently won at Doomben. Her record stands at six wins and a second from nine starts winning $291,950 in stakes. After disappointing connections at her last start in June, trainer Taylor turned her out for a “good spell”. In her jump out over 500 metres on the Callaghan Park grass on Monday, Ashley Butler gave her an armchair ride, winning her 500 metres heat easily in the best time of the morning in 28.91 seconds. Stay tuned for more of Chinny Boom who was subject to “name your price” offers to purchase which were rejected during her brilliant winning sequence. Trainer Taylor gave Chinny Boom the thumbs up after the jump out win. “I just wanted her to go through her motions and make sure her action was correct. She did it very well and is probably about five weeks or so away from racing”, Clinton reports. Former very smart stablemate Divine Purpose with whom Clinton trained for four wins is now in training with Peter Moody and Katherine Coleman in Victoria. Obviously, she was sent there for more suitable distance races. 

The TAB meeting here at Callaghan Park on Friday where 92 horses were finally declared entries looks like being a very competitive eight race card. It certainly leads into a very busy schedule of racing around Capricornia. On Saturday, racing in heads to the Harbour City, Gladstone. Club president David Weinert reports that marquees and table bookings are sold out for the club’s biggest day of the year, the Cox Plate race meeting. “Online walk-in ticket sales are still available but the response this year has been fantastic. We are very grateful for the support also from trainers who are coming from all over the place with horses”, David said. Horses will arrive from centres such as Barcaldine, Roma, Jandowae, Mackay and Chinchilla among others. Callaghan Park trainers Tim Cook, Peter Fleming, Alan Jones and Angela Stephens all have horses entered for Gladstone on Saturday. A crowd well in excess of 2000 is expected to attend. Gladstone races always has a very strong betting ring and Saturday’s meeting will be no exception. Fashions, well they are huge at Ferguson Park racecourse every meeting but more so on Cox Plate Day when prizes run into the value of thousands for the Fashions On The Field.

Congratulations must be bestowed on Callaghan Park trainer Marc Cochrane who only oversees a very few horses in training. The fact that Mark has now won three consecutive races with the 9Y0 Bon Hoffa gelding Real Key at Mackay from September 5 through to last Thursday is quite an achievement for which he deserves recognition. Mark has only had the veteran racing since July for six starts and now three wins. Real Key has had his share of trainers over the years in NSW but if you will excuse the pun Cochrane seems to have the “real key” to him. Real Key was one of four Callaghan Park trained horses to win at Mackay on October 19 over the nine-race program. Tim Cook has another veteran Brad doing well as he won at the meeting after a previous Home Hill victory. Clinton Taylor and Justin Stanley combined with Janean to win. The most impressive winner was the Nick Walsh trained Oligarchy which won the Maiden (1000m) by 6.3 lengths. Take the tip follow Oligarchy wherever Nick Walsh puts it down next. 

On Saturday week, November 4 the Country Cups Challenge/Yeppoon Cup races will be held at Keppel Park racecourse. This is always a big occasion for the race club and Capricorn Coast racing followers. The $15,000K Yeppoon Cup (1400m) is certain to attract a strong field with the incentive to qualify for the $200K Final at Doomben on the first Saturday in December at Doomben. All is looking spick and span for the Yeppoon Turf Club’s big day at Keppel Park so connect with the YTC Facebook page for all the details re admission and what is taking place. Speaking of the Country Cup Final, last year’s winner, Emerald trainer Raymond Williams’ Echo Point has qualified again for the 2023 big event. Echo Point under 64kg and Mt Isa’s Dan Ballard won the Blackall Qualifier (1400m) last Saturday. Good training effort Raymond Williams. 

Remember that very gifted FIFO Brisbane based jockey Brad Stewart. Sure, you do as he rode winners galore on his regular visits to Rockhampton where in 2010, he won a Rockhampton Cup on Bryan Guy trained grey Shuffle The Cash. Four years later Brad won another Rocky Cup on Callaghan Park trainer Jamie McConachy’s Vandalised. In fact Brad Stewart rode around 1500 winners during his brilliant career including 111 at Callaghan Park. Brad was lucky to escape death when a horse in the tie-up stalls at Deagon where he was riding trials, summersaulted and landed on him breaking his pelvis in four placed in late September 2022. It was a freak accident as he was only walking past the stall when the incident occurred. Despite multiple surgeries Brad eventually had to succumb to his injury and never rode again. The good news is B. Stewart trained his first winner Masterplan at Stanthorpe races last Saturday. Congratulations Brad and trust many more winners will flow in. 

The Moranbah Race Club is planning a massive day for its annual Moranbah Miners Memorial Race Day at the very well-appointed Treasure Park racecourse on Saturday, November 11. They really know how to put on a “show “at Moranbah and Club secretary Bianca Bulst reports all is looking good for the November 11 meeting. Once again get all the news on the occasion from the Moranbah Race Club Facebook site. 

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