Racing AROUND Rocky with Tony McMahon.

Published 2 February 2024

Racing AROUND Rocky with Tony McMahon.

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Nominations for the forthcoming Capricornia Yearling Sales to be held at the Robert Schwarten Pavilion in Rockhampton on Sunday, April 7 were to close off with the RJC at the close of business on Friday (today). Around noon CEO David Aldred reported 106 yearlings had been entered at that stage. “Will have a complete list of nominees from Magic Millions first thing on Monday. Interesting lots by top stallions Russian Revolution, Street Boss etc. All usual top Queensland studs are all represented,” he said. It is well documented that the CYS caps a huge three-day Carnival of racing, sales and social activities for the RJC. Big TAB race meetings are held at Callaghan Park on both the preceding Friday and Saturday with over $600K in prize money distributed. Featuring of course the rich CYS 2YO Classic (1200m) and the CYS 3&4YO Classic (1300m). Naturally, both those feature events are held at Callaghan Park on the eve of the sale on Saturday, April 6. To keep up to date on all the happenings of the Carnival visit the RJC Website in the weeks ahead.

Magic Millions, the company that has a strong partnership with the RJC as selling agents for the CYS, has released its catalogue for the March Yearling Sale that always attracts huge support from Rockhampton and Central Queensland racing stakeholders. The catalogue which is online on the Magic Millions website with the sale held on Monday, March 11 and Tuesday, March 12 boasting 390 yearlings. It comprises yearlings by 72 individual sires and 11 first season sires. Over the years I have been fortunate to have enjoyed considerable luck with the progeny of first season sires bought from the March Sale. People often ask me at this time of the year, “what is your pick of the first season sires.”  I don’t have one this year as there are some beauties. However, I will be likely to bid on a couple by the Fastnet Rock horse Prince Fawaz. Always liked this GR 1 winner as a 2YO and when I first set eyes on him, I was in awe. I believe Prince Fawaz also has yearlings in the line-up for the Capricornia Yearling Sale. And yes, a disclosure here, Prince Fawak stands at my good friend Neville Stewart’s Oaklands Stud, Umbrian. I haven’t always been a fan of some of Oaklands’ stallions over the years, but I am with Prince Fawaz. That’s just my opinion and what’s the good of writing a column unless you can voice an opinion? 

Good news that Rocky starlet – Chinny Boom has returned home to Clinton Taylor’s stable looking a million dollars after a brief freshen up at Embrook, Beaudesert. For mine, Chinny Boom is on the cusp of becoming Rockhampton’s second millionaire racehorse trained from Callaghan Park. Of course, Master Jamie reached that milestone, and you may say Chinny has a long way to go with just $393,800 in the bank. However, the lightly raced Spirit OF Boom 4Y0 certainly has what it takes in my mind to break the big “$1M” mark. Chinny Boom certainly enjoys having her runs spaced with her next target a rich feature race at the Gold Coast on Saturday, March 9. Many of her CQ fans will be on course at Aquis Park that day to cheer her home.

Recently I wrote about the breakthrough win after a tough trot for Callaghan Park trainer Zoe Hohn with Roy’s Road suggesting it could be the precursor to a winning run to follow. True to script Roy’s Road won at his next start again at Callaghan Park on Thursday, January 25. Comeback jockey Beau-Dene Appo was once more the winning pilot. At that meeting master trainer Liam Birchley’s scored a winning double with Cryptostar and Takeru both under the safe hands of Ryan Wiggins. Graeme Green’s winner on that day Desert Moon (Justin Huxtable) is well worth following and will win again shortly. How good it was again to see “one for the little players“ succeed when Jim Lewis scored with $31.00 shot Windsong. John Wigginton who has won just about every feature race at Callaghan Park over the years was back in the winners stall with his “new” knee with the jubilant connections of Street God. Not forgetting Sileas “Mully” Green who is having a grand winning trot leading in winner Srini, another Huxtable victor. It was Mully’s third winner for the month. The hard-working young mum deserves every success that comes her way. 

A couple of Callaghan Park barrier trial winners from last Monday caught my eye and now you will get the drum on them. Tom Smith’s Better Than Ready gelding Better Rain ran the fastest time for the 900m heats in beating John Wigginton’s Majestic Request which also trialed stylishly. Both are in for very good campaigns so don’t say you weren’t told. I am confidently predicting the Wigginton stable is in for a big Autumn. Very impressed with it’s 2YO trial winner More Stylish. It is well above average. However, I am predicting even bigger things ahead for the stables older horse In Evidence who had just a cruising gallop in winning a two-horse trial. In Evidence can really go places this preparation. Dual licencee Warwick Satherley both rode and trained Maiden trial winner Sir Grace (NZ). Won’t be a maidener for much longer. Also much to take on board from Clinton Taylor’s latest addition Fulmen (IRE). No relation to the top galloper of that name some decades ago, but this Fulmen should get the bickies the first day Clinton puts him down. Zoe Hohn had a trial winner in Material Mistress which should be closely watched while the only other trial winner was Jared Wehlow’s Caracristi. Beau Dene-Appo stayed on in Rocky for the trials and was rewarded with three winners. So, there you go plenty to write in the “Little Black Book”. 

Not surprising in the least that Callaghan Park trainers Clinton Taylor (Viennawaitforyou) and Jared Wehlow (Fresh Prince) landed winners at Townsville races on Thursday. Taylor’s Harch Road was third placed while Wehlow had a second placegetter in Master Rich. However, it wasn’t all Beer and Skittles for the pair as Janean and Russian Ruble missed a place in their respective races. Quite a few Rocky horses heading out to Emerald races for Saturday. Notice the Queen of Emerald racing. Aunty Glenda Bell has 10 starters at the meeting. Does she ever sleep? Ending on a happy note, Happy Birthday to the Emerald Jockey Clubs ultra competent and always pleasant club secretary Leigh-Ann Shields. Happy 21st Leigh who is also known as the “Rose of Pioneer Park”. 

Don’t forget, racing at Callaghan Park again next Friday, February 9.


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