Racing AROUND Rocky with Tony McMahon.

Published 2 May 2023

Racing AROUND Rocky with Tony McMahon.

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Good news that all is well with Clinton Taylor trained topliner Chinny Boom. The filly reportedly pulled up sore after her out of character 7.7l 13th as $3.00 fav in the Mick Dittman Plate (1615m) at Doomben on April 25. “She really only pulled-up a little short. We have had all sorts of vet checks and tests done including X-Rays and nothing has come up. She is fine and having two weeks freshen up at Beaudesert before coming back home. We hope to have her ready for one or two races before the end of the Winter Carnival”, Clinton Taylor said this morning. Then Clinton added “There are some stories going around about her such as chips in the knee. Don’t know where they get them from”. From a lifetime in the racing game I have learned that it is akin to a Pandora’s Box for rumours and stories. In racing 1 plus 1 equals 11 definitely not 2.

0n the same day at Doomben stablemate Divine Purpose ended her winning streak when 12.8l last in the Princess Stakes (1615m) after covering more ground than Blaxland, Wentworth and Lawson. “She had a tough run but pulled-up OK. That’s why she is in at Eagle Farm tomorrow (Wednesday) where we are going to test the waters”, Taylor said. Divine Purpose is TAB 4 in R 4 a $60.5k 3YO QTIS BM72 (1800m) with The Archer winning jock Ben Thompson to ride.
Top local apprentice Tahlia Fenlon had a culture shock riding trackwork at Eagle Farm this morning (Tuesday). “It’s a bit busier than Rocky”, Tahlia told me mid-morning. She goes from trainer Frederick Smith on loan for three months to Chris Munce. With 108 winners to her credit, Tahlia still has a valuable 2kg claim at the provincials. At this stage she does not have a metropolitan licence. Rides coming up I asked. “At this stage the aim is Ipswich on Saturday and Gatton on Sunday”, she said. Good luck from racing’s Central Queenslanders is extended to Tahlia. I am sure she would have been down in Brisbane much earlier had it not been for three months off the scene after a Twin Hills accident last September.

Speaking of apprentices I’m a bad judge if former Rocky lass Montana Philpot doesn’t make it all the way to the top. Montana won on that man again Clinton Taylor’s highly promising Rover’s Pepper last Sunday. Particularly impressed by Montana’s ride on second placed Garnett Taylor trained Sergeant Hulka which looked a tad difficult to ride in the last on The Archer day. Don’t like praising apprentices too much as unfortunately I have learned some believe in their own publicity and it can go to their heads. Not only apprentices mind you. However, Montana has the right attributes and attitude to succeed- good work ethics, natural ability and lightweight and a delightful personality.

I had never met Kiwi jockey the now Brisbane based Samantha Collett before she rode here last Sunday. Another with a happy go lucky nature and a riding gift. Won her 1000th race aboard Matt Kropp’s Deb’s Ellie and backed it up with a winning treble at Ipswich on Monday. Samantha’s jockeying parents Trudy Thornton and Jim Collett also broke the 1000 winners mark. “Mum (still riding) has ridden 1171 winners and Dad rode over 1600 for memory”, a thrilled Samantha told me. A premiership New Zealand winning jockey tagged across the ditch as “The Queen of the Cups” Samantha Collett 33, is a delight to interview.

Finally, congratulations to all associated with the Rocky Amateurs The Archer meeting last Sunday. As reported club chairman Bill Reid estimated the crowd in attendance as to be 4500 up abt 1500 on last years attendance. From my research that is the biggest crowd to attend Callaghan Park racecourse since 4764 went racing there for the opening of the new grass track in September, 1984.
So much more to write about but I have writers cramp and block. Written thousands upon thousands of words of late. Please excuse any typos as filed this from my iPhone and my excuse is if needed, the printing is very small!
Don’t forget racing is on again at Callaghan Park, Saturday week May 13.

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