Racing AROUND Capricornia with Tony McMahon.
Published 22 November 2023
Boom Rockhampton juvenile Astapor gets his chance to display his skills in Brisbane on Saturday when he contests a $130K QTIS 2YO Plate (1100m) at Doomben. Astapor burst on to the racing scene with an ultra impressive Callaghan Park win on debut just over a fortnight ago and subsequently an offer to buy the colt for $500,000 was knocked back. On Saturday he is engaged against five other juveniles in the set- weight race and will carry 57kg under jockey Justin Stanley his winning Rocky rider. Drawn centre field, only two of his rivals in Mishani Echo and Mishani Ego are winners. Trainer Clinton Taylor, who has a huge opinion of Astapor has placed him ideally for a city crack. Astapor is listed as TAB 2 in R 2 at 12.38pm.
The Emerald Jockey Club is delighted with the quantity and calibre of entries received for its big meeting at Pioneer Park race course on Saturday next. Some 64 nominations have been logged-in for the five race card. It will be the clubs last race meeting for 2023 and promises to be a very successful one at that. Entries have come from a wide cross section of country and regional districts. For certain Rockhampton stakeholders will be in action out there on Saturday. Capricornia racing follows at Thangool on Saturday week, followed by the Rockhampton Christmas races on Saturday, December 9 at Callaghan Park. Much happening on the day so read up on the RJS website and this Facebook page. Then it is off to Ferguson Park at Gladstone for their big Family Fun Day races on Saturday, December 16. The Country circuit wraps-up with the Calliope Jockey Club’s annual Boxing Day races on December 26. Great incentive for jockeys and trainers to delay their Christmas Day celebrations until after the Calliope meeting. The club will pay $1000 to both the leading trainer and jockey most successful at the Calliope Boxing Day races. For incentives in country racing doesn’t get much better than that!
Rockhampton racing’s star duo Master Jamie and Chinny Boom trialled very pleasingly earlier today (Wednesday) at Callaghan Park. Both competed in the first of the trials over 900 metres on the course proper. Dual Brisbane winner Chinny Boom – off the scene since disappointing trainer Clinton Taylor when racing below her best when unplaced at Eagle Farm on June 26, won the heat in outstanding time. She beat Graeme Green’s Rockhampton Cup winner Master Jamie by 1.4 lengths clocked at 54.42 seconds. In a display of low level flying Chinny Boom ran home the last 600 metres of the trial in 32.51 seconds. Naturally, none of the other trial winners registered anything near that time. Clinton Taylor said he was “pleased with the effort” and would assess how his wonderful mare pulled up in the next 24 hours before committing her to a first-up assignment. It is almost a given that Taylor will commit to a Brisbane target with Chinny Boom. Graeme Green feels Master Jamie, spelled after a rare inglorious effort in Townsville’s Cleveland Bay (1300m) on August 12, will probably have another trial before going back of to the races. “I really don’t know at this stage where he will kick-off at. I had the Falvelon (LR Dec 23 at Eagle Farm) in mind but that may be a bit too rich for him first-up. I’ll probably give him a another trial and then decide where to go”, Green said. The certainty is that never before have two locally trained star Rocky gallopers who between them have won 24 races and amassed just under $1.3 million clashed in a Callaghan Park barrier trial. What ran third I suspect you are wondering? Three lengths back Thisland Is Myland another from the Green stable so Black Book that handy horse.
Talking of the Little Black Book – please insert the Tom Smith trained Acre’s Away in it and mark it “next time” to win if placed ideally. Looked unlucky in my book not to have won at Callaghan Park when resuming on Tuesday. Nobody to blame just no luck at the right time in the straight. Hard to find a more Showy Type than Acre’s Away while not forgotten his astute young trainer Tom Smith of course.