Racing AROUND Rocky with Tony McMahon

Published 31 October 2022

Photo: Rob Barker deserves the accolades for the tireless and all too often thankless voluntary work he provides daily to present Keppel Park racecourse Yeppoon in pristine condition as was the case last Saturday. Picture: Tony Mc Mahon.

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You have no doubt either watched it, heard it or read about it, so I won’t procrastinate on the race any further. What?

Chinny Boom’s courageous and impressive win under fire at Eagle Farm last Saturday.

So I put in a call to her trainer Clinton Taylor who has been swamped with media inquires since CB became a revelation.

“Tone she has come through it great. She (Chinny Boom) is still down here with me in Brisbane as we have Dawson Diamond running down here on Tuesday.

(Incidentally, Dawson Diamond (Race 4 – TAB 3) runs over the Melbourne Cup distance of 3200 metres in a heat of the Jericho Cup at the Gold Coast).

“She (Chinny) ate up great after the win and we will go home to Rocky after Tuesday.

Then I will be able to get her ready for her only other run this time in being the LR Mode Sakes on December 3.  I’ll bring her down here to Brisbane a few weeks before that race. After that she will spell and I think she may measure up to a Winter Carnival horse in Brisbane so I hope to be able get her ready for that”,  Clinton told me abt 3.30pm on Tuesday.

Congratulations to Clinton on his success with Chinny Boom on winning five from five with her in the first preparation. What a horse to achieve his first city winner with- onwards and upwards.

Chinny Boom wasn’t the only winner for the Taylor stable last Saturday. She’s Winning courtesy of a well executively timed ride from apprentice Brooke Johnson won at Keppel Park. Once again the females dominated in the riding ranks there on the day. Ipswich apprentice Olivia Kendall won on Stephen Rundle’s Six Drinks In and Rodney Hay’s The Stone Mason. Mackay apprentice Shae Nielsen scored on John Manzelmann’s Splasher.

Chris Whiteley saved the day for the male’s with a perfectly timed winning ride aboard Emerald trainer Raymond Williams’ very talented Echo Point in the Yeppoon Cup/ Country Cups Challenge Qualifier. Williams missed the win, a point jested over by his partner and also an Emerald based trainer Tracey Leake. At the presentation of trophies from YTC’s Greg Simpson she said “I should leave Raymond home more often”.

Echo Point is very talented and now gains entry in the $200K Country Cups Final in Brisbane on December 3.

Raymond Williams has a very strong team of horses in work now at Pioneer Park racecourse Emerald after inheriting some from suspended Barcaldine trainer Todd Austin. I remember doing a story on Raymond in 1989 when as a school boy in Emerald he was race riding. Doesn’t time fly? Sure does.

Hope the weather Gods are as kind to Pioneer Park racecourse Emerald as they were to Keppel Park, Yeppoon last Saturday. The YTC track registered 146ml of rain over the time span of the preceding 12 days. It cleared midweek over Keppel Park and the hot steamy conditions were ideal making the track brilliant. Rob Barker and an old mate Keith Hinton voluntarily work on that Keppel Park track each day – yes I qualified that to the affirmative with Rob. I walked the track circuit and believe me it was as good a grass surface that could be presented by a team of track staff at any metro track. Take a bow Rob and Keith. Emerald have a TAB meeting set for Saturday, November 12.

Some $98K in prize money is on offer. Pioneer Park was presented in magic order on October 8 for the EJC 100 meeting. Given the green light from the weather it will be just as good in a few weeks time. Just like inside barrier draws win races so too does fine weather conditions for racetracks to be winners for race meetings for their clubs. Good luck EJC which like Keppel Park heavily relies on volunteers. Trainers should always keep that in mind as a country race club is only as good as the passionate men and women that do so much to put the meetings on.

Smiles on the face of Geoff the Butcher after his new pony the Class 1 horse Milo Man beat the aristocrat Master Jamie in a Callaghan Park barrier trial last week. Trainer Graeme Green has Master Jamie set to run first-up at the Sunshine Coast in a big sprint in the weeks ahead. Geoff the Butcher has pencilled in The Archer being run on a stand alone Sunday in April next year for his man – Milo. Hope Geoff has a sense of humour but I am ridgy didge about The Archer being on at Callaghan Park of a Sunday- it will be humongous.

Don’t forget the big TAB meeting at Callaghan Park next Friday when the babies (2YO) step out up here for the first occasion.

Photo: Rob Barker deserves the accolades for the tireless and all too often thankless voluntary work he provides daily to present Keppel Park racecourse Yeppoon in pristine condition as was the case last Saturday. Picture: Tony Mc Mahon.

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