Racing AROUND Rocky with Tony McMahon.
Published 8 May 2023
The Rockhampton Jockey Club will be one of 11 Queensland race clubs that stages racing this coming Saturday.
The six event Callaghan Park TAB program looks likely to be dominated by a select group of Sunshine Coast trainers.
Corbould Park trainers Garnett Taylor, Stuart Kendrick and Natalie McCall have 10 horses nominated between them.
Taylor formerly Rockhampton based before moving to the Sunshine Coast entered six horses for five of the races.
After winning two Callaghan Park trainers premierships, Taylor relocated to the Sunny Coast in 2012.
Kendrick, who dominated Mackay racing before leaving there for Corbould Park, has entered three horses for separate races.
He moved his team to Corbould Park in 2013 and has proved to be very successful in South-East Queensland ever since.
Natalie McCall, best remembered for winning the GROUP 1 Stradbroke Handicap with River Lad (Damien Oliver) in 2014 plans to have the one Rockhampton starter.
Interestingly, Natalie became the first woman to train a Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) winner since its inception in 1890.
Taylor has an enviable winning record when he brings horses north to Callaghan Park to race.
At the last RJC race meeting he was represented with starters on April 20, Garnett collected two winners.
With the South-East Queensland form lines considerably stronger that those in Rockhampton, it is little wonder that Callaghan Park has been a sweet harvest ground for SEQ trainers – particularly so those from Corbould Park.
It is a similar scenario for Rockampton trainers who raid Mackay TAB race meetings where invariably they win half the program of races or more.
One of the main reasons for this is that because of the tyranny of distance, rarely do SEQ trainers venture to Mackay to race whereas Rockhampton is much more accessible.
The extra four hours float trip from Corbould Park has proved a blessing in disguise for Rockhampton trainers hence their dominance at Mackay meetings where the the form lines are nowhere near as strong as those of Callaghan Park.
At Mackay on Tuesday, Rockhampton trainers will start 35 of the 60 horses set to run.
They will supply the entire field of 10 starters on the 3YO Cl 2 (1200m).
Now Rocky based former Kiwi jockey Warwick Satherley 54, makes his comeback to race riding at Mackay (Tuesday).
He has three race rides for Rocky trainers and is highly respected having been a tireless trackwork rider at Callaghan Park this year.
Satherley rode in eight barrier trials at Rockhampton and Yeppoon prior to becoming re licensed.
Although he has not ridden in races for around 20 years, Warwick rode in numerous trials in Sydney before relocating to a property outside of Rockhampton.