Racing AROUND CQ with Tony McMahon.
Published 7 November 2022
Rockhampton trainer Graeme Green has arranged for “bloods” to be done on Master Jamie after his uncharacteristic lethargic effort in a Callaghan Park barrier trial over 900 metres this morning (Monday, November 7). Ridden by Adrian Coome, the Rocky Cup winner finished 10.75 lengths fourth of five behind restricted class horse Brigalow Boy. “He didn’t want to have anything to do with it this morning. He trialled flat. There are no outwards signs of anything being amiss and he seems well within himself. I have asked Brad the vet to do bloods (tests) on him. He (vet) did say there is a bit of this going on lately with other horses also being this way”, Graeme Green said. The trainer mentioned a week or so back to me that Master Jamie was likely to resume racing in a set weights special conditions race at the Sunshine Coast on November 19. Those plans now may not proceed. The Master Jamie story is a “best read” as Green chose and purchased him for $10K at the 2018 MM March Yearling Sale. Graeme has moulded him into the winner of 17 races and $793,500 in stakes. It doesn’t get much better than that. Let’s hope all is well with the “Master”. Green won last Friday’s Breeder’s Plate for the males with Shamedy another MM March Sale graduate.
Another very astute Callaghan Park trainer Ricky Vale was telling me that a half relation to Divide The Sea by Sidestep will be offered for sale the Capricornia Yearling Sales in Rockhampton next April. By the way the CYS graduates are enjoying winning ways currently but that’s nothing unusual. I forecast in this column some months ago that Divide The Sea was extra smart. Ricky has now produced the Moshe 6YO twice for two easy wins in Rocky, the most recent in a RJC Class 4 (1300m) last Friday. Divide The Sea was a Listed Race place getter in Perth earlier on. However, what about this for form? In October 2019, Divide The Sea finished third in the 3YO Classic at Ascot Perth. He was narrowly beaten for second by none other than Celebrity Queen. The same Celebrity Queen subsequently won the GR 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) in Melbourne. Fancy running into a talent like Divide The Sea in a restricted class race at Callaghan Park. Ricky Vale is a perfectionist with his horses and he’ll manage and place Divide The Sea in a similar vein. Obviously, Divide The Sea has his share of problems (don’t we all?) as he was off the scene for 21 months before the Vale stable produced him first-up to win here on October 22. Now it looks like a case of divide and conquer!
Aren’t the good mates, Rockhampton trainer Jared Wehlow and jockey Ash Butler having a grand winning run? Both have scored 10 winners each since October 1. At the colossal Moranbah Cup meeting last Saturday, they shared a double. Butler started his racing career at Moranbah with Fran Cowan and the two shared some old racing tales there on Saturday where Ash and Jared won the Moranbah Cup with Tiptronic. Now retired, trainer Fran Cowan presented the Moranbah Cup trophy to Ash Butler. It was Wehlow and Butler’s fifth winner for the week. They combined for four while Ash also won on John Wigginton’s Sidearm at Rocky last Friday. Jared won a race there as well with Fly For Yulong ridden by Ipswich apprentice Olivia Kendall. Jared Wehlow has the one runner. Soaring High as TAB 1 in Race 1 at Townsville this Tuesday, November 8 with Ryan Wiggins on board. Jared and Ash are likely to team at Mackay TAB races on Thursday where no fewer than 32 Rockhampton horses are entered. Rockhampton trainers have a mighty winning strike rate at Mackay Turf Club race meetings so take the tip.
Plenty of Rockhampton representation at the big TAB meeting at Pioneer Park, Emerald this coming Saturday. Jockey of the moment Ash Butler will be doing the rounds there with rides – probably winning ones no doubt, for trainers John Wigginton and Clinton Taylor. Some 70 horses have entered for the Pioneer Park racecourse meeting at Emerald. The track is currently in magnificent condition with a first-class abundant grass cover. The forecast for Saturday at Emerald is a fine sunny day with a maximum temperature of 33 degrees. Entrance is cheap at ten dollars to the races which includes a race book. Live entertainment will be provided after the last as well. Horses are coming from near and far but for certain Callaghan Park trainers will be among the winners again. Almost forgot the EJC is promoting Saturday’s races along a Derby Day theme. Naturally, there will be Fashions on the Field. Good luck to the club.
The Rockhampton Jockey Club will recognise all the winners from the 2021-22 season at Callaghan Park in The Members on Thursday week. The ceremony will commence at 6.30Pm and run for three hours. Congratulations to all the award winners from last season. More on that on the RJC Facebook pages from the club itself in the days ahead. The club will be in contact with those racing stakeholders involved. However, don’t hesitate to contact Heidi Butler at the Callaghan Park offices for more information.
Clinton Taylor reports all is well with Chinny Boom and everything is going to plan. Stephen Rundle has consistent Poet’s Girl entered for a Class 3 Plate (1050m) at Doomben next Saturday. International grey Fly For Yulong (IRE) put in a fighting effort to win first-up for 15 months at Callaghan Park last Friday. Trainer Jared Wehlow reports the grey had been pre-trained on a water walker in SEQ. The 9YO was owned originally and trained by Dermot Weld at The Curragh, Ireland. Fly For Yulong won at Galway in Ireland and when under the David Hayes and Dabernig banner in Melbourne ran third in the 2019 All Greys at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day. You would go a long way to see a prettier grey than Flying For Yulong. By the way his winning rider last Friday, the Ipswich apprentice Olivia Kendall is a very promising jockey. Horses naturally run for her and she is a very accomplished hands and heels rider. The next race meeting at Callaghan Park is an eight race TAB card on Thursday, November 17.