Racing AROUND Rocky with Tony McMahon
Published 9 June 2023
Congratulations to Rockhampton’s Mitchell and Anna Power who were two times winners this week. Firstly with the birth of their baby daughter Paisley May Power earlier in the week. Then to ensure further celebrations continue their home bred Acre’s Away arrived on time to win the QTIS 2YO at Mackay races on Thursday. Doesn’t get much better than that. Acre’s Away ridden by in-form Jackson Murphy and trained by Tom Smith looks well above average.
Arguably not as much so as Jennifer Acton’s Bush Diamond which contests the $100,000 2YO Classic (1200m) at Townsville on Saturday. A $50K purchase by the late Alan Acton at the 2022 Capricornia Yearling Sale, the Spirit Of Boom gelding Bush Diamond has won three of his four starts. The Clinton Taylor trained youngster has the disadvantage of being drawn out at 10 barrier in a very competitive field with no standouts.
See where Callaghan trainer Clinton Taylor is currently running second in the QRIS standings for this season. Outstanding achievement from somebody that trains out of Rockhampton.
Everyone involved in Rockhampton racing and the yearling sales here going back a good while would remember Ken McCaffrey. He played a significant role as a racing administrator as well as an auctioneer in working and promoting both racing and the local yearling sale in Rockhampton. Well, Ken is in the fortunate position of being one of the shareholders in the GROUP winning racehorse Think About It. On Saturday, Think About It (TAI) is regarded one of the top prospects in the $3M GR 1 Stradbroke Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm. TAI is the winner of nine of his 10 starts earning $1,048,170 in purses. Magic but even more so considering he only cost $70,000 as a yearling at the Inglis Premiers in 2020. Now, Mc Caffrey the former livestock auctioneer would attest that was “bargain buying”.
Thrilled to see former Rockhampton apprentice jockey Nicky Seymour back in action at Moranbah races on Saturday. Nicky fractured a pelvis in Mackay in January. Many winners and safe riding from here on in Nicky.
Rockhampton’s female apprentice jockeys are in superb form. Erin Molloy, Brooke Johnson, Nikki Olzard are going great guns. Soon they will be joined by McKenzie Apel who is indentured to Ricky Vale. McKenzie received her ticket to ride after finalising her required barrier trials during the week. I’m tipping McKenzie will be joining the other local young Rocky ladies in the winners’ circle very soon. Hope I haven’t missed anyone and I know there are some other young budding females in the pipeline to becoming apprentices as well. Good luck to all concerned. No doubt the ladies will be out to emulate the feats of Rocky’s premier apprentice Tahlia Fenlon now doing so well in SEQ.
Wouldn’t be at all surprised if the names mentioned above presently riding will be contenders in the forthcoming Capricornia Country Racing Awards. Graham Campbell of the Capricornia Racing Association tells me there is $5000 in cash up for splits in three categories. I’ve promised Graham for ages I’d write a tale which I will do in detail in Racing Around Capricornia next week.
Happy Horses Tony Mc Mahon.