Racing AROUND Rocky with Tony McMahon.

Published 29 November 2023

Racing AROUND Rocky with Tony McMahon.

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The reappearance of that special talent, the Clinton Taylor trained Chinny Boom will highlight the Rockhampton Jockey Club’s attractive eight race TAB card at Callaghan Park on Friday. Chinny Boom will contest the $21,000 Great Northern Open Handicap (1100m) in what most likely will be a springboard towards a Brisbane racing campaign. Six times a winner including twice in Brisbane, the bonny mare has accrued a whopping $291,950 in stakes. She has a record of two wins from as many sprint starts at Callaghan Park. Ashley Butler has been booked to ride her and therefore Chinny Boom will carry minimal “dead “weight given her handicap of 59kg. Butler has ridden the Spirit Of Boom mare twice for as many wins. Butler rode Chilly Boom last week when she defeated Master Jamie in a 900 metres Callaghan Park barrier trial carved out in very fast time. She has done considerable work to fit her for a first-up win after a perplexing failure at Doomben on June 24, a run which had trainer Taylor stumped. Friday’s race is by no means a mediocre affair as it boasts the likes of Bold And Lucy, Blue Kentucky Moon, as well as recent winners Poet’s Girl and Media Empire. The race also sees the return of the Graeme Green trained Brisbane winner Shamedy, with the 3YO being a five times winner boasting $229,500 in prize money. It should be a fantastic contest. The Callaghan Park card, the best on the midweek circuit there for some considerable time commences at 1.08pm and involves 76 horses.

No fewer than 27 Callaghan Park trained horses will compete at the Mackay Turf Club TAB races tomorrow (Thursday, November 30). You know the drill, which means the Rocky trainers are scheduled to win a number of events on the seven-race program. Trainers Tim Cook, Ricky Vale, Jared Wehlow, Adrian Coome, Kerrod Smyth, John Wigginton, Michael Evan, Peter Fleming, Zoe Hohn, Tasha Chambers, Mark Cochrane, Graeme Green, Clinton Taylor and Nick Walsh are Macay bound with starters. Some 11 of those trainers listed will back-up with runners at Callaghan Park on Friday. Busy indeed.

No prizes for guessing who will have been the busiest trainer come week’s end – Clinton Taylor of course. He won with Astapor at Doomben last Saturday and then hightailed it to Home Hill on Tuesday and led in a winner there when Wanted 2YO filly I’tellyougo claimed the $27,300 first prize including QTIS bonuses on offer in the 2YO Maiden (1000m). This coming Saturday, that Highway Man Clinton Taylor heads south to Doomben with his recent Rocky 2YO F Breeders Plate (1050m) winner Valorous Performer in the 2YO Handicap (1200m). Clinton is really carving a niche with his 2YO’s so early in the season. Astapor has won twice while Valorous Performer and I’lltellyougo are also winners. Did I mention that Clinton has only started three juveniles so far this season? That trio being the above mentioned. Almost forgot, I’tellyougo also finished second to Valorous Performer in the Breeders as well. Now that is a great effort, Clinton! 

Rockhampton’s Tahlia Fenlon, currently on loan to Chris Munce at Eagle Farm, has gained her metropolitan apprentice’s licence. Rather ironic really that Tahlia’s first ride in Brisbane will be on the John Manzelmann trained Savvy Legend (NZ) in the Open Handicap (2000m) at Doomben on Saturday. How’s the memory?  That’s correct the pair combined to win the Mackay Cup in July this year. There will be a gathering of the Rockhampton racing and country racing clan at Doomben on the weekend. The Tom Smith Callaghan Park trained Acre’s Away contests the Magic Millions Pierata Plate (1200m) with Les Tilley on board. Kristie Clark-Peoples has Centaur engaged in the $200K Country Cups Final (1600m). Plenty of well-known Capricornia racing names in both that race and the $105K Country Stampede Final (1110m). 

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