Racing AROUND Capricornia with Tony McMahon.

Published 16 August 2023

Racing AROUND Capricornia with Tony McMahon.

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Apprentice jockey Stacey Callow, 21, who is making a name for herself in SEQ will make her first sojourn to ride at Rockhampton’s TAB race meeting at Callaghan Park this Thursday. Stacey, the daughter of Noel “King” Callow himself a son of long retired SA jockey Kevin Callow has four rides at the meeting. Three of those are trained by Kerrod Smyth – Kaytee Reinado (Race 1 -TAB 8); Divine Kamehalani (R 2 -TAB 7) and Shadow Project (R 6 -TAB 6). The other is John Manzelmann’s Mishani Tycoon (R3 – TAB 14). Kerrod Smyth on the back of a very successful 2022-23 racing season instigated Stacey’s venture to Callaghan Park. “I wanted a good claiming apprentice and Stacey has been riding very well in SEQ where the competition is very tough. The three horses all have various degrees of chances”, the astute Smyth said. Stacey Callow commenced her jockeying career in South Australia and moved to the Gold Coast in March where she is being tutored and appraised by her father Noel, the winner of almost 2000 races among them nearly 40 GR race winners. Stacey Callow has ridden 44 winners in a short riding career. She is one of 16 jockeys riding in the Callaghan Park races which commence at 1.35pm. Sunshine Coast trainer Stuart Kendrick will be hoping to amass multiple winners at the meeting following his most recent Callaghan Park successes on August 3 when he produced three winners. His jockey-declared starters are Better Off Single (R 2-TAB 6): Checkers (R 4 -TAB 2) Palatial Prince (R 6 – TAB 1) and The Stifmeister (R 7 -TAB 6) all to be ridden by talented Brisbane jockey and infrequent Callaghan Patk visitor Justin Huxtable. Kendrick also plans to start Hard Reyva (R 4 – TAB 3) under Ryan Wiggins. All Stuart’s starters have strong winning credentials and punters could be wise to seriously consider them.

At the well-attended (1200) Gladstone Cup day races at Ferguson Park racecourse last Saturday, the Rockhampton crew did well. In a rails hugging ride Warwick Satterley won the Maiden (1194m) on Miss Reinhart breaking a run of outs for resident trainer and course curator Denis Schultz. Warwick backed up winning the $12K Gladstone Newmarket (1194m) for local Ian Prizeman on Svindal. Chris McIver and Jared Wehlow won the Cup with Kobi Rocks which loves the sand and heads to a much stronger Gympie Cup assignment on the sandy track there on Saturday. Apprentice Brooke Johnson and Clinton Taylor were out of luck with three short, priced favourites and runners up in Russian Whisper, I’m Pinker and Attackabeel. However, Brooke bagged a winner for up-and-coming Thangool trainer Kale Sinclair with Take The Lead. Notice, Kale is chasing a track work rider for his stable at Thangool. Out at Longreach races last Saturday, Rockhampton apprentice Nikki Olzard was in fine touch. She won on three of Blackall trainer David Rewald’s in Moriconi, Smooth Move and Freddie Eddie. That made it seven winners for Nikki in 20 days and 15 overall in her very short career. Her coach, the trainer and former top jockey Adrian Coome is tutoring her well. 

It will be in standing room only at the annual Dingo races on Saturday. The club is catering for thousands, and they won’t be disappointed. Hundreds will arrive from Rockhampton to celebrate as only they can do at Dingo. The club has asked to remind patrons that it is “cash only’’” at the canteen so load up folks. Among the entries are those of Rockhampton trainers Mark Cochrane, Kristy-Clark Peoples, Nick Walsh, Peter Fleming, Leeanne Applewaite, Dane McKinnon, Graeme and Sileas Green and Alan Jones. Enjoy all and don’t forget the headache pills in case you celebrate too hard.

Really enjoy reading horses that are cleverly named. Came across a couple while race calling at Gladstone last Saturday. Body and Soul, a daughter of The Mission and Cleanse. Then the race winner Miss Rinehart, a daughter of Capitalist and obviously named after billionaire Gina Rinehart. As well I will throw in Media Hype a daughter of Press Statement.  

Well, I am packing up getting ready to compile the ON THE ROAD AGAIN column which should have us on road trips on these sites tomorrow. 

Finally, please don’t forget to contribute if you can to the John Poots appeal as detailed on this Facebook Page and website.

Happy Horses Tony McMahon.

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