Racing AROUND Rocky with Tony McMahon.

Published 3 June 2024

Racing AROUND Rocky with Tony McMahon.

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Spare a thought for the would-be buyer who made a final bid of $48K for a Spirit Of Boom-Imanoremiss filly on Monday, March 15, 2021, at the Magic Millions March Yearling Sales on the Gold Coast. One more bid would have secured the filly as the reserve price was $50,000. Chinchilla breeder Mark Pascoe stuck to his guns on his reserve price and retained the yearling. It was a classic case of one man’s misfortune and another’s good fortune. In this case the latter was Mark Pascoe who has gone on to enjoy the spoils of his decision in racing the mare we now know as Chinny Boom, the winner of $678,050. Last Saturday, as we all know the Clinton Taylor trained Chinny Boom won her nineth race from 16 starts and an important one at that in the Listed (LR) Helen Coughlan Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm. One can only hope that the final bidder who went to $48 has been loyal and punted Chinny Boom since winning on debut at Callaghan Park one year and one day later (March 22, 2022) after he had thrown the towel in at the sales.

Wind the clock forward three years to the 2024 MM March Sale on Tuesday, March 12 and breeder Mark Pascoe had no such worries of Lot 346 making a sensible reserve. The cracking bay/br filly, a full sister to Chinny Boom fetched $230K when knocked down to Clinton Taylor on behalf of other stable clients. That filly’s value has been further enhanced by her older sister “Chinny” winning in Listed race company. Owner-breeder Mark Pascoe told me this afternoon (Monday) than Imanoremiss (Made of Gold – Day County) which celebrated here 21st birthday on August 1, subsequently “missed “to Spirit Of Boom in the 2022 season. ‘’It can happen with those old mares, but she is due to foal in the coming season to a service from Spirit of Boom,” Mark said. Todate, Imanoremiss, a sole race winner has had seven foals to race for six winners in the main prolife ones at that.

I was personally thrilled to see the emotion on display from Clinton Taylor in the winner’s enclosure after the Helen Coughlan Stakes win. It was raw and genuine and made enthralling theatre. Clinton Taylor with the support of his hard-working wife Erin deserves every success that come their way. Clinton told me this morning to which Mark Pascoe concurred, that Chinny Boom is now planned to next start in the $300,000 GR 2 Dane Ripper Fillies and Mares Stakes (1300m) at Eagle Farm on Saturday week. Could be a huge day for the stable as young stablemate the gifted 2YO Astapor will contest the $160K LR Oxlade 2YO Stakes (1300m) the same day. His first-up run when fifth in the unsuitable $1m MM National 2YO Classic (1000m) at Doomben last Saturday week, was a beauty. Bring on Saturday, June 15.

Mark Pascoe praised winning rider Justin Stanley in regard to Chinny Boom last Saturday. “Justin has been telling us all along that she would handle a soft track and he was right. I hope the track is soft again at Eagle Farm in a fortnight,” Mark said. What about Brisbane based Justin Stanley who shared his 104th win with Clinton Taylor trained horses per medium of the Helen Coughlan Stakes win. Justin is likely to turn up anywhere and ride. Less than 24 hours after the Eagle Farm win he won the Kilcoy Cup on Sunday on Fighting Idol. Today (Monday) he had seven rides at Thangool and tomorrow Justin has bookings at Dalby races. Then on Thursday no doubt he will be riding at the Mackay TAB’s.  Justin is right up there for the title “have saddle will travel”.

Leading apprentice Brooke Johnson has been in wars of late. Just over a week ago a horse head-butted Brooke and she subsequently cut her lip on the way to the barriers at Mackay. Last Saturday she was due to ride at the Tambo Cup meeting, but it was a late wash-out. Instead, she stayed home and was doing stable duties at Clinton Taylor’s North Rockhampton stables. “While leading a horse to a day yard it spooked and lunged forward and kicked back double barreling me in the right arm,” Brooke who weighs in at around 49kg said. “I fractured my ulna and dislocated my radius,” Brooke said this afternoon. She was due to visit an orthopedic surgeon mid-afternoon. Here’s hoping Brooke is not out of the saddle too long. On the Brooke Johnson Racing Fan Club page on Facebook there is a picture of the X-Ray which clearly displays the “break”.

Namazu, the last start winner of the Rocky Amateurs $775K The Archer (1300m) is the equal top rater on 102 for Saturday’s $160K Spear Chief Listed Stakes (1500m) at Eagle Farm this coming Saturday. Interest aplenty should the giant of a horse in stature and status start. Isn’t great for Rockhampton racing to have representatives and serious ones at that contesting feature races at the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival.

Another newsy column planned for  Tuesday when I intend to report on the RJC’s Trainers Bonus packages over the two feature days of the impending Winter Racing Carnival; local lass apprentice Tahlia Fenlon’s progression in the big smoke;  Les Tilley and Graeme Green’s big day out at Callaghan Park last Friday; Master Jamie’s plans for his tilt at a third successive win in the Rockhampton Cup on July 13; news on the RJC’s plans for the Winter Racing Carnival while not forgetting the RJC’s Pink Ribbon Charity Race Day on Saturday, June 15. That and much, much more tomorrow. Happy Horses all – Tony McMahon.

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