Racing AROUND Capricornia with Tony McMahon.
Published 3 May 2023
I was a disbeliever when Jean told me Mackay apprentice Jade Doolan rode at Warrnambool on Tuesday. I delved into RISA for Warrnambool race results.
You could have blown me over with a feather when it showed Jade having ridden South Pacific (GB) unplaced in a BM 70 (2350m) there. The same South Pacific that John Manzelmann trained to finish fourth to Arctic Wolf over 1829m at Callaghan Park on August 18, 2022. John still part owns South Pacific and sent it south some time ago for more ground. Jade Doolan rode at Barcaldine three days before Warrnambool as well as Mackay, Townsville, Julia Creek, Longreach and Bowen in the few weeks before. On Saturday she rides at Hughenden some 2382km north of “The Bool”. I thought Jade got around but that’s nothing compared to good old South Pacific (GB). He started off at Tipperary, Ireland in July 2018 before floating all over the British Isles before winning at Ascot. He won a race at Flemington over 2450m in April ‘21 but hasn’t done too much since. I am flabbergasted at times as to where these horses and jockeys get to. Good on Jade Doolan she is a mighty hard worker and promising jockey? Heaven only knows where she will bob up next week.
The Thangool TAB races on Tuesday were not without some drama.The BM 45 race was declared a “no race” by stewards. This came about when one runner reared in the barriers dislodging its jockey Adam Sewell. Tash Chambers in the adjoining stall was not fully mounted on her horse with stewards saying she was holding the barrier structure when the gates opened. Her mount Toy Whitty galloped riderless and stewards reported some jockeys did not fully test their mounts believing it was a false start.
Congratulations to the RJC as the new look winners stall and indeed place getters stalls at Callaghan Park proved invaluable on The Archer Day last Sunday. The public love the layout and it is brilliant and designed for showcasing and safety reasons. The old stalls in the enclosure would never have coped with the scrum of winning connections which greeted The Archer winner Alpine Edge.
I have never seen the likes of a winning reception at Callaghan Park from owners and slot holders that greeted Alpine Edge. It was what I call the Theatre of Racing at its very best. Couldn’t help but feeling sorry for trainer Desleigh Forster as she was spontaneously joyous delivering an impromptu embrace with part-owner of Emerald Kingdom in SKY presenter Bernadette Cooper as the horses crossed the line. Desleigh must have been gutted when she realised the census of opinion was Alpine Edge got the nod in. Two runnings of The Archer and two close seconds for Desleigh’s horses. Hopefully for the former Ilframcombe woman and now top Brisbane trainer it will be a case of third time lucky in 2024.
Finally, sad to hear of the passing this week of former jockey Len Ryan. He would be well remembered in Rockhampton as the rider of Tanavar (NZ) which won the 1974 Rockhampton Newmarket (1300m).