Racing AROUND Rocky with Tony McMahon

Published 25 October 2022

Racing AROUND Rocky with Tony McMahon

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Rockhampton racing latest pin-up girl the unbeaten filly Chilly Boom is set to start at Eagle Farm on Saturday in a $127,500 QTIS 3YO BM 72 (1000m). Some 11 horse have been nominated including another locally owned in Jemeldi which disappointed at Doomben last Saturday. It came as no surprise when Rockhampton trainer Clinton Taylor scratched Chinny Boom from Doomben last Saturday in 1200 metres race citing unsuitable weather and track concerns and also that the run may flatten his star filly. Chinny Boom will think it is Christmas having been allotted only 55.5kg next Saturday after breaking the Callaghan Park 1000m track record at her last start with 59kg. Although Chilly Boom never started last Saturday, Clinton did land a winner with Counterattack mare Attackabeel (Brooke Johnson) in the Country Stampede Qualifier (1194m) at Gladstone on Sunday. As a consequence, Attackabeel has now qualified for the $105K Country Stampede final (1110m) at Doomben on December 3.  About an hour earlier last Sunday, the Taylor trained and Central Queensland owned Dawson Diamond was beaten a nose over 2150m at the Sunshine Coast.

Best of luck to Callaghan Park trainer Dale Whyte who will produce his first Brisbane runner in his four times winner Whoshotthemagician in the second race at Eagle Farm on Wednesday (26/10). Being a son of Shooting to Win and Magically, it is easy to see where Whoshotthemagican derived its name. A winner of three of his last four starts, Whoshotthemagican will be ridden by in-form apprentice jockey Melea Castle and will come in with the lightweight of 52.5kg in the $35K BM 70 (1200M). 

Couple of interesting jockey engagements at the RJC’s seven race TAB card on Thursday. Top FIFO Brisbane jockey Justin Stanley 41, has taken two rides only. These are for trainer Clinton Taylor on Montana Night (Race 3 -TAB 4) and Zipping Irish (R 4 -TAB 2). Justin has been off the race riding scene from injury related aches and pains since August 7. The Stanley-Taylor combination has shared 48 winners. Former multiple Rockhampton premier jockey Adrian Coome (now a trainer) will utilise his dual licence to ride the John O’Sing trained Marway (63kg) in Thursday’s Open (1100m) as R 2-TAB 1. Coome 33, has not ridden since July 1 but he and Marway’s trainer John O’Sing have won over 20 races together including some beauties with Our Boy Malachi. Brisbane apprentice Wendy Peel very much in form of late has taken four rides and is a welcome addition to Callaghan Park racing. Peel 29, has ridden winners this month at Eagle Farm, Ipswich, Beaudesert and the Sunshine Coast and quite possibly at Rockhampton on Thursday. Ipswich apprentice Olivia Kendal, indentured to Beau Gorman, makes her Callaghan Park appearance with four rides. I have seen quite a bit of Olivia riding in the country and I feel she has a very bright future. Kendal 24, has ridden winners of late at Emerald, Mackay and Townsville. I suggest Olivia, courtesy of her 3kg allowance and her ability to ride relatively light will be in keen demand at future Rockhampton midweek meetings. Also, good to see happy go lucky and hardworking Mackay apprentice Nicole Seymour bobbing up on the listings for Thursday. Once indentured to Lyle Rowe in Rocky, she landed a winning double at Ferguson Park, Gladstone last Saturday. 

Trainer Nick Walsh will be chasing his second Brisbane winner on Saturday at Eagle Farm with Deep Breath which is entered for two races and it will be interesting to see which one is chosen. Deep Breath is one of the best horses racing up this way presently and Walsh has won seven with the Choisir gelding including five in succession at Rocky and Mackay between February and May this year. He also finished a good fourth behind Master Jamie in the Rockhampton Cup in July. It is very difficult for northern horses to win in Brisbane when weighted towards the top end of the scale as is the case with Deep Breath with 55.5kg and 57kg in his races. A claiming allowance could assist to offset that. Trainer Walsh has an enviable tally of just under 70 winners in less than three full years of training only a relatively small team.

Spare a thought for the Brisbane race callers on Saturday if even half the nominated list of 12 “Mishani “horses contest the 2YO Plate (1000m) at Eagle Farm. Less Ross has entered Mishani Cienna, Mishani Eagle, Mishani Flash, Mishani Maverick, Mishani Metallic, Mishani Mystique, Mishani Raider, Mishani Renegade, Mishani Star, Mishani Twilight, Mishani Tycoon and Mishani Valour. It has done my head in just writing and checking their names. The “Mishani 12” makes the “Craiglea 7” (Craiglea Royale, Matilda, Gal, Edge, Tina, Smokie and Rawie) that I called contesting an eight-horse trace at Mackay on January 15, 2011 look like a piece of cake. I remember Racenet reporting once that the Mishani horses derive that moniker from the combination of the names of owner Mike (Mi) and his daughter Shani Crooks (Shani). That explains it. Businessman and publican Mike Crooks invests a fortune in the Queensland racing industry and deserves every success he gets. 

 Over the decades there have been many horses raced with owners using a common prefix or moniker. Years back in CQ, Emerald’s George Sicklinger had his Yan Yan horses racing – I remember Yan Yan Alfie and I think Yan Yan Wally. Emerald’s Noel Coyne trained for George so I decided to ring Noel to make sure. George was the president of the Emerald Jockey Club when I came here in the late eighties and a very good one at that. “George had a property named Yan Yan out from Capella where he ran cattle and had some land under irrigation. He loved his football hence the names Yan Yan Alfie (Alfie Langer) and Yan Yan Wally (Wally Lewis). He had some very good horses bred from Yan Yan Mary”, Noel Coyne informed me today. Of course, in Tasmania there are the Gee Gee horses including of late Gee Gee Acehigh, Gee Gee Other Words and Gee Gee Secondover. There have been a stack of them over the years. I recall going way back in NSW there were numerous horses racing with the name of Glenrock. I just searched for some and came up with Glenrock McLaren, Glenrock Matthew, Glenrock Terry and Glenrock Fay.

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