RACING AROUND ROCKY – With Tony McMahon

Published 21 March 2022

RACING AROUND ROCKY – With Tony McMahon

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What a great weekend for Rockhampton racing through the deeds of Better Rain and Master Jamie at the Gold Coast. Dual Rocky 2YO winner Better Rain was a brilliant second in the $500K 2Y0Jewel. Provided 21yo trainer Tom Smith with his biggest thrill todate in racing. “So proud of him and thanks to the owners for entrusting him with me and thanks to my back-up staff as well. He will spell now”, Tom said at from the Gold Coast on Monday.

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Trainer Graeme Green is setting Master Jamie for the Rockhamton Cup (1600m) in July. Jamie was a fighting second in the $150K The Jewel (1400m) on Saturday. “It was a courageous run. I feel he will run the 1600 metres now. He had to do all the  work and just kept on fighting at the Coast. As a front runner he should be suited in the Cup at Callaghan Park “, Graeme said on Monday. Green bought a  racy Kobayashi colt Lot 45 at MM on Monday for $15K and Lot 58 a Santos for $30K.

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Competitive interest really building in the rich CYS 2YO Classic (1200m) here on April 9. Chris Attard Townsville trained Baby Guinness ran a bottler (forgive the pun) when second to top NQ  juvenile Missile Thunder at Townsville last week. “She was only 75 percent fit and very proud of her. Now for the 2YO sales race in Rockhampton “, a spokesperson for owners group Ares Racing reported. Don’t forget catalogues available at RJC offices for CYS on April 10.

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Di Ouston was been named Central Queensland delegate for the newly formed Queensland Thoroughbred Owners Associations. Di and husband Bill are in the ownership of over 60 horses all over Australia in some super stables. However, they are loyal supporters of Rocky and Capricornia country racing. They won with Jack o’ Diamonds at Springsure last Saturday and were tickled pink. Di will be a grand ambassadoress for CQ racing in her new role. Well done Di.

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Speaking of Springsure former Rocky apprentice Nicky Seymour was over the moon with a winning double there. It was a double celebration for her after just a month back jockeying after a two years absence. Over 1100 at Springsure St Pats races with the club shutting up shop around 11pm. Huge success.

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Jockey Bobby El-Issa hopes to be back riding in about 5 weeks. “I cracked a C4 at the Sunshine Coast”, Bobby said. He has been out since October. Top rider and an asset to Rocky racing when he flys in. Our own Natalea Summers working hard with Physio after a hip replacement just over a fortnight back. One tough special lady and will be back winning races at Callaghan Park soon. Interesting race card in Rocky on Tuesday. Some very tough races on the program. Exciting times ahead at Callaghan Park in April. Michelle Walker looking for another Sweet Dolly like winner when online she paid $21K for a Defcon colt (Lot 31) on Monday.

Happy Horses Tony.

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