Racing AROUND Rocky with Tony McMahon

Published 12 October 2022

Racing AROUND Rocky with Tony McMahon

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Got the latest “goss” on boom Rocky filly Chinny Boom right from the horse’s mouth so to speak – her trainer Clinton Taylor and you can’t get any closer than that. Put a call in to Clinton this morning (Wednesday) to inquire who was the lucky jock booked for her engagement in the $127,500 QTIS 3YO Fillies Handicap (1200m) at Doomben on Saturday week. “Ben Thompson”, came the reply while the trainer confirmed his phone had been ringing hot. “Good problem to have though”, Clinton quipped. He also confirmed that his unbeaten four times winner Chinny Boom was “going super and I’m very happy with her”. So that’s the latest folks. 

Nick Walsh trained Just Super has the distinction of being the only horse to get within less than three lengths of Chinny Boom when runner-up twice. For mine Just Super looked unlucky when a very close second behind Ekatenira over 1200 metres at Eagle Farm last Saturday. Stewards without actually saying so (they can’t) virtually confirmed the gelding, twice a winner and placed second on three occasions from just five starts, should have won. They reported Just Super was bumped at the start and inconvenienced by a riderless horse in the straight. If ever the form of Chinny Boom was “franked’’ it was then. Some coves are intimating that there could be a quirk in the armoury of Chinny Boom at 1200 metres. Not me! Her mum Imanoremiss (x Made of Gold) was twice placed at 1200m including once at Rosehill. Mum was no starlet like her daughter Chinny Boom as she only won the once at Wyong (1000m) and placed three times from 11 starts for $18,800 back in the mid-sixties. Le Palmier (won $409,200) a 6YO brother to Chinny Boom won over 1000m for Tony Gollan at Eagle Farm last Saturday. Timely. In three attempts at 1200m, the best he has come up with is a fourth. Maybe that gives some credence to the theory of the Doubting Thomas’s re the question mark about Chinny Boom’s capacity to get that trip. That will all be answered at Eagle Farm on October 22. It all adds to the theatre and intrigue of racing, doesn’t it?

Fabulous to see so many horses entered for Saturday’s colossal Rockhampton Jockey Club’s St Peters School Caulfield Cup Day races at Callaghan Park. All up 63 entries were received for the six-card meeting which is something out of the ordinary for a Saturday race meeting in Rockhampton. Even more pleasing is the fact that 20 horses have been nominated from outside centres including Toowoomba, Taroom, Wandoan and the Sunshine Coast. These include the Clinton Taylor trained Boom Boom Becker a consecutive winner of his last four starts at Mackay, Bowen and Yeppoon (2). “Boom Boom” has been nomed for the $17K Open Handicap (1500m) and will clash with Nick Walsh’s equalled talented Deep Breath. Promises to be a great race. Boom Boom Becker was a Sandown winner earlier in his career for Leon and Troy Corsens so it is no surprise he is going so well up here.

The RJC’s functions manager Katie Langford reports that the response to Saturday’s St Pete’s race day has been “massive”. The entertainment packages are completely booked out although we still have six tickets left out off an extra 50 released on Tuesday to the Brookvale Bash Trackside Party”, Katie told me at 11am Wednesday. As I have suggested previously it is a “must” to read the updates on all things happening at Callaghan Park on the RJC Facebook and website pages. Can’t wait for Saturday as it well could be a record St Pete’s Day crowd. By the way the Weather Man (oops sorry could have been a woman) predicts a sunny albeit cloudy day with a top temp of 31 degrees. Don’t forget the designated driver as it sounds like there will be very thirsty folk attending.

More good news that top jockey Justin Stanley was given the all clear by his doctor on Monday and he hit the training tracks on Tuesday. “I rode some track work at Deagon and also rode in a few jump outs. I’m planning to get back race riding on Saturday, October 29”, Justin said. He has been sidelined with some niggling aches and pains since August 7. Silly me I should have asked him where he would be riding on Saturday fortnight. My guess is at the Yeppoon Turf Club’s Country Cups Challenge race meeting at Keppel Park. So, keep that date free folks – Saturday, October 29 at Yeppoon.

Hard to keep a good man down, so great to see former Rocky premier trainer Tom Button bounce back with an Eagle Farm winner last Saturday. Tom’s Power 2YO Risky Investment, a $40K purchase this year from the Magic Millions January Sale on behalf of Oaklands Stud reaped first prize of $67,200 for winning the QTIS 2YO Colts and Geldings Plate (1000m). He looks a ready-made racehorse and Button has quite an opinion of him. Tom Button like all trainers at some stage of their careers has endured a pretty tough trot of late. Seems like that is just about to change. However, as is said “as the going gets tough the tough get going” and Tom fits that category. As the TV racing presenters so often conclude their interviews with “well done” so it is in this case Tom.

As I was about to put this column to bed the Al Capone rang and cautiously as there was no caller identification I answered. No worries just a tingle from former apprentice jockey Gemma Hogg who was once by her account indentured to Tom Button and Denis Schultz. Now with trainer Glenda Bell at Emerald, she is chasing barrier trial rides at Callaghan Park and Yeppoon in coming weeks. Gemma, 29 has been off the scene since riding in trials during 2017 before linking up with Bell at Emerald. “It’s difficult to get the required trial numbers in from out here that I need to get my license”, she so rightly said. Anyhow if you can help Gemma out, give her a call on 0477.081410 or if no luck there contact Glenda Bell. 

Much more news coming up in my new column Racing Around Central Queensland on these sites in the next few days. In the meantime, prepare yourselves for St Peter’s School Caulfield Cup Day races at Callaghan Park on Saturday.  


Tony McMahon

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