Racing AROUND Rocky with Tony McMahon.

Published 19 March 2024

Racing AROUND Rocky with Tony McMahon.

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The $168K Capricornia Yearling Sales 2YO Classic (1200m), the top act on the RJC’s three days Festival of Racing and Sales is fast approaching on Saturday, April 6 at Callaghan Park. A new kid on the block so to speak, has emerged for the feature race that being the Tom Button, Bowen trained filly Silver Glitter (br/bl f 2 Denman-Grey Glitter x Domesday). Button took a liking to Grey Glitter offered as Lot 55 at the CYS at the Rocky Showgrounds on April 2 last year and paid $37K for her. Offered on account of Waylon J Stud, (as agent) Wamuram, the filly has lived up to his confidence. Placed on debut at Townsville on October 28 last year, she resumed with a feisty 2.55 lengths win there after jumping from barrier 12 in a 1000m 2YO on February 24. Raced by Rockhampton originated interests including the trainer himself, King of Coco Brew and Findyabooke Syndicate’s Robin Adams, Sandy Bauman, Lucas Bryant and John Kele, their Silver Glitter resumes racing at Townsville this Friday. All going well, Silver Glitter will be having her first start over 1200 metres in the Classic, a distance which on pedigree should be favourable. Button is no stranger to CYS Classic success achieving it in 2020 with Miss Lot Won and again in 2021 with Valley Rattler which incidentally was also sired by Silver Glitter’s “old man” Denham. Robin Adams and the crew have also had fun aplenty through association with among others, CYS graduates including Wicked Ways, The Bank Manager, as well as Niseko Gold and not forgetting  Miss Lot Won which won the 3YO CYS Classic as well in 2021. Waylon J Stud has eight yearlings catalogued for the Capricornia Yearling Sales on Sunday, April 7. These are Lot 2, 4, 38, 55, 84, 85, 94 and 103 comprising four fillies and as many colts. The Waylon draft is by the stallions Lean Mean Machine, Outreach, Strasburg, Jabali, Flying Artie, Spleith and Dubious. 

Alastair and Neville Stewart’s Oaklands Stud, Umbrian has a select draft of four yearlings in the CYS. Oaklands has in itself bred the winners of three of the CYS 2YO Classics – Stylish Criminal (2017), Wicked Ways (2018) and Miss Lot Won (2020). Furthermore, they stood the stallion Ferocity which was the sire of Springton Park’s 2012 winner Ferocity.  To highlight the amazing record Oaklands’s bred yearlings have in the 2YO Classic, in 2017 the stud produced the trifecta result – Stylish Criminal (Wicked Style), The Bank Manager (Sidereus) and We’ll Beat It (Wicked Style). My pick of the Oakland’s yearlings this year is Lot 58, a racy colt by first season sire Prince Fawaz from the good producing Chateau Istana mare Max’s Girl making it a half-sister to Tom Smith’s three times 2YO winner Yarralinda. “An athletic type and looks an ideal early 2YO”, is how the Stewart’s described the colt listed as Lot 58. The other three in the Oaklands Rocky draft are sired by Power (GB). That stallion has sired winners in numerous countries throughout the world. Four of his yearlings from Oakland’s averaged $36K at the recent MM March Sales. Genuine sellers, Oaklands offered three of the first season sire Prince Fawaz at March Magic Millions averaging $28K. Oaklands and Basil Nolan’s Raheen Stud, Warwick are the longest running Queensland breeders offering yearlings for sale in Rockhampton. Both studs from my records have not missed a Rockhampton Yearling Sale since inception around 1987. That speaks volumes. In next week’s column I will concentrate on the Raheen draft (11), a stud which also has a formidable record in CYS Classics. 

A vibrant, spirited and sizeable crowd attended the Rockhampton Jockey Club’s St Patrick’s Day races at Callaghan Park last Saturday and their vocal cords created plenty of atmosphere as they cheered home their fancies on the six-race local card. On the track former Kiwi (well my New Zealand friends tell me there is no such thing as a “former Kiwi”) jockey Warwick Satherley was in spectacular form. He rode four winners, was narrowly beaten when second on another making it a big day for the talented rider. From Satherley’s perspective, no doubt the win of Sir Grace (NZ) in the Maiden (1400m), the horse he also trains was the highlight. Raced by his partner Joanna Andersen and sister Sue Satherley, Warwick has been the mainstay in nurturing the highly promising 3YO from its early days. As a dual licencee, winner Sir Grace provided Satherley with his first training success. Akin to the famous quote of Howard Wilson’s “ä week is a long time in politics “I suggest so too is it in the life of a jockey. Just seven days before his four wins at Callaghan Park, Warwick was downcast at Springsure St Pat’s Races for being stripped of a winner and suspended for failing to weigh in. During the ensuing week he rode five winners which included Flying Arion at Mackay on March 11. That’s not all, as at Monday’s Rockhampton barrier trial Satherley rode no fewer than five winners at his only five trial engagements. One of those winners was Nick Walsh trained One Syndication’s acquisitions Hell which looks a “moral” (granted no such thing) the first time Walsh puts it down in a Maiden. HELL don’t say you were not told!  

Warwick Satherley continues to ascend the current Rockhampton Jockey’s premiership table. After his winning bonanza of five winners at the last two Callaghan Park meetings he has climbed to second on the list with 18 winners. Justin Stanley leads with 26 wins from last year’s premier Ryan Wiggins on 20. I have never seen Justin, a very strong jockey, in better form. He is tactically savvy and his determination and will to win is second to none. That is best illustrated by his winning ride aboard Clinton Taylor’s Honkytonk Dancer which got up late to deprive Satterley aboard Blue Kentucky Moon five winners for the afternoon. Warwick Satherley’s style is completely the opposite to Stanley’s. I describe Warwick as a passive rider with an inbuilt clock which makes him a master at judging pace and timing. His calm “hands” are his greatest asset as horses travel for Warwick. It was a delight to see Stanley and Satherley fighting out the finish of the above-mentioned race. 

IN BRIEF: Trainer Graeme Green says overlook Shamedy’s unplaced effort at Eagle farm last Saturday. I left Callaghan Park last Saturday convinced that Jason Morgan has a very smart racehorse in winner, the expat Victorian, Doubting Eye (b g 3 Not A Single Doubt-Kanga’s Eye x Denham). Jason acquired Doubting Eye online in October 2023 for $9000. In five starts for Morgan, the little bay gelding’s form reads four wins and a second returning $48.2K. Pint sized, it only goes to endorse the idiom “good things come in small packages.” Emphasising how canny a buy by Jason for just nine grand, Doubting Eye’s “half” by Written Tycoon fetched $300,000 when purchased by Annabell Neasham at the January MM Sale this year. Mum, the mare Kanga’s Eye was sold at a 2020 broodmare sale and purchased by James Harron Bloodstock for $300,000. Of Irish descent, Jason McMorgan, your leprechauns from St Pat’s races last Saturday are well and truly working wonders for you and your pony.

Moranbah’s big race day on Saturday and back to Callaghan Park for a TAB race day next Tuesday.

Happy Horses Tony McMahon.

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