Racing AROUND CQ: By Tony McMahon
Published 19 October 2022
Former Central Queenslander Tom Button confirmed today that he and another young and talented horseman and trainer Ryan Tyrell have formed a training partnership. Now with the paperwork rubber stamped by QRIC, they have joined forces at Fenwick Farm, Canungra. The pair became a licenced training partnership this week. Under the Ryan Tyrell-Tom Button banner they are likely to have their fist runners Swear On A Promise (last start winner for Tyrell) and the Rockhampton owned and former Button prepared Maximum Altitude at the Sunshine Coast on Friday night. Tom explained that Tyrell had been operating from Button’s Fenwick Farm establishment for some time and it made sense to band together. “We will have 45 horses in training and it takes us to a bigger level. Down here (SEQ) you are taking on all the big players all the time (trainers) and you have to have the goods to be competitive. Ryan has been training from here for months now and it makes sense for us to team up and spread the workload”, Button said. He confirmed the new training partnership would be supporting Rockhampton’s first 2YO races of the season, the $44.5K Breeders Plates (1050m) at Callaghan Park on Friday, November 4. “I’ve heard that there aren’t many 2YO’s in work up there presently and the trials and jump outs confirm that. We plan to be there with some babies”, Tom Button said.
See where Rocky trainer Jamie McConachy has the Sebring Sun-Even So youngster Sunnycoast entered for the $44.5K Pallarenda C & G 2YO Stakes (1000m) on Saturday at Cluden, Townsville. The youngster impressed in winning a Yeppoon 900m 2YO trial on September 28. Sunnycoast was offered for sale at this year’s Capricornia Yearling Sale by Graceville Thoroughbreds with the Hall family retaining him when just $7K was bid. Chris McIver is the likely rider on Saturday. Seems a very wise move to have kept the youngster. Incidentally, only eight noms in both divisions of the Pallarenda Stakes which are Townsville’s first 2YO races for the season.
I recall Sweet Dolly X Real Saga won the 2020 Pallarenda Stakes for trainer Kevin Hansen and jockey Justin Stanley in 2020. What a ride that was for the pair and owners Michelle and Stumpy Walker. Bought as a weanling for a paltry $1500, Sweet Dolly went on to win $448K in stakes before being retired and sold at the Magic Millions Broodmare Sale earlier this year for $320,000 to Jan Clark’s Daandine Pastoral company. What became of Sweet Dolly, I hear you saying? Spoke to Jan this morning and Sweet Dolly had “missed” getting into foal to Deep Field. Now she will be mated by Spirit Of Boom in the next few weeks.
Mentioning Magic Millions, the 2YO In Training Sale (Ready To Run) is being held at the Gold Coast complex next week October 25 with 140 lots on offer. See Journeyman Lodge (As agent), Cluden (Carl Spry) has Lot 92 a gelding b The Mission from a winning Encosta de Lago mare named Montana Sagrada offered. That is the only entry I could find from up around here and the north.
You have probably read that unbeaten star Clinton Taylor 3YO filly Chinny Boom another SOB will more than likely not run in Brisbane because of the likelihood of a heavy track on Saturday. If that’s the case save your money for a wager on her at Eagle Farm on Saturday week over 1000m.
In this column last week, I provided some incorrect details about the template relating to the allowable use of the whip in races by jockeys. I wrongly said that jockeys were permitted to use the whip 10 times before the final 100 metres of a race. That was INCORRECT as the allowable number is five and anymore is an offence. I was CORRECT however in saying that in totality the whip cannot be applied more that 14 times during a race. The use of the whip 15 times during a race is one more than permitted under the template used by stewards throughout Queensland and is deemed excessive. Apologies for any confusion.
How incredible is that old marvel the 11Y0 Fab’s Cowboy which won his 49th race for Moranbah trainer Bevan Johnson last Saturday at Blackall? The question answers itself as actions speak louder than words. I see where Fab’s Cowboy is entered for a Country Stampede Qualifier Open (1194m) at Ferguson Park, Gladstone on Saturday. He has topweight of 65.5kg but no decision has been made yet as to whether he will start. It all started for Fab’s Cowboy on November 15, 2015. It took him seven starts to win a race with his debut a ninth of 11 at Roma. He broke through in a Gladstone Maiden on June 4, 2016 and has won another nine races there and never been unplaced at Ferguson Park. He has won from Goondiwindi in the south to Mt Isa in the north (1670km) and many places in between. An I’ve been everywhere cowboy, Fab has raced 130 times for 49 wins, 26 seconds and eight thirds for $388,350. He thrives on sand and dirt tracks but has won once on the Emerald grass and three times at Barcaldine. Hopefully the magical 50th race win will come along very soon and what an achievement for Bevan (Billy) and Mel Johnson who virtually have lived, slept and eaten with him (Fab) all these years. He certainly is part of their family. Who could blame them?
Plenty of Central Queensland and nearby race meetings on the horizon. Mackay TAB fixture on that freakish draining track on Friday. Gladstone this Saturday (weather permitting); Rockhampton (Thursday, October 27); Barcaldine, Saturday October 29 and Yeppoon at Keppel Park; Mackay and Gladstone, Melbourne Cup Day, Tuesday, November 1 and Rocky, Friday, November 4 while the Moranbah Cup races on Saturday, November 5. If you make most of those you will be pretty well raced out.