Racing AROUND Rocky with Tony McMahon.

Published 29 December 2022

Racing AROUND Rocky with Tony McMahon.

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A new player has emerged in the rundown to the $150K Capricornia Yearling Sales 2YO Classic (1200m) staged at Callaghan Park on Saturday, April 1 next year. Track Tale (f 2 Whittington-Tracktorque x Hidden Dragon) romped home the easiest of winners by six lengths on debut at Callaghan Park in a $38K QTIS 2YO Maiden (1050m) on December 23. The Ricky Vale trained filly cost just $8000 at last year’s Capricornia Yearling Sale when sold on behalf of Springton Park to Liam Goody.

In winning Track Tale (Ryan Wiggins) earned a cool $24,950 – a brilliant return courtesy of the QTIS bonus scheme for fillies. “She was a little filly really liked by Ricky and I thought she was a bargain. I’m very excited about what the future will bring with Track Tale – she’s a little weapon”, Liam said. Ricky Vale’s judgement at the 2022 CYS was certainly proven correct. “She was the only horse I really liked on breeding and type”, Ricky said. Later on, during the race card, the Vale stable won with debutante Pretty Slick (f 3 Astern-Goldslick x Bradbury’s Luck) in the 3YO Maiden (1050m). Bred by grand CQ racing stalwarts Di and Bill Ouston, Pretty Slick was passed in at $35,000 on a $40K reserve at the 2021 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale and retained by her breeders. Vale has a big opinion of both fillies and rightly so. Goldslick the mum of Pretty Slick won 10 races from Thangool to Flemington (2) and over $318K in prize money.

Another multiple (13) winning advertisement for Rocky’s CYS in the Hemingway 7yo Marway has been retired. Raced and bred by Elaine and Greg Sturgiss with their close friends Paul and Barbara Wagner, Marway was unwanted at the 2017 sale and fortunately for her breeders was retained and raced by them. Moulded by Callaghan Park trainer John O’Sing (did similar with Our Boy Malachi), Marway won from Thangool to Randwick (2) and Wagga (Town Plate). Stable named Mickey, Marway collected $456,525 for connections but provided them dream memories. He won a CYS 3&4YO Classic and became an RJC Horse Of the Year. His southern wins came under Sydney trainer Mark Newnham but he was retired after tailing the field at his only start for Sunshine Coast trainer David Van Dyke on December 26. A wonderful retirement is assured for Marway.

Sorry to hear that Gold Coast based jockey Robbie Fradd has been forced to retire after it was discovered he has serious heart problems. Robbie attended a cardiologist last week and it was discovered that he requires triple bypass heart surgery. It was established that Robbie’s main artery is 90% blocked. By all reports Robbie Fraad only went to his doctor for a check-up after he was feeling tired. A South African, Robbie enjoyed outstanding GR 1 successes all over the world prior to relocating to Queensland eight years ago. Later he won the 2020 GR 1 Stradbroke on Tyzone. Robbie Fradd starred at this year’s Rockhampton Jockey Club Winter Racing Carnival. Personally, I wish him well with his upcoming surgery and trust he makes a speedy recovery. I found Robbie Fradd a true profession and a gentleman in my dealings with him as a trainer, broadcaster and journalist. Undoubtedly given his lifelong experience in racing it is a given that he will be secure another niche in the industry.
Congratulations to Mully Green and Adrian Coome on the birth of their baby boy Archie Colin Coome on December 22. Also, good to see the Coome stable in form with recent winners Nor Force and King’s County over the last fortnight.

Wishing all readers, a Happy and Safe New Year. So much to look forward to in Rockhampton racing in 2023. The revamped The Members at Callaghan Park, The Capricornia Yearling Sales Racing Carnival (Friday, March 31 and Saturday. April 1) and the Yearling Sales the next day, Sunday, April 2. Not forgetting the mega Rocky Amateurs, The Archer, Sunday, April 30 and its preceding week on non-stop events. Then on to July for the Rockhampton Jockey Club Winter Racing Carnival culminating with the Rocky Cup on Saturday, July 8. As well the increase in prizemoney for Rockhampton race meetings commencing February 1, 2023. Briefly, all current prize money levels will be increased by $1000. There are some more details relating to additional races which I will elaborate on in future RAR columns.

Happy New Year all and of course Happy Horses – Tony McMahon.

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