Racing Around Rocky with Tony McMahon.

Published 17 April 2024


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By Tony McMahon.

Seems unbelievable really to be writing about the Rockhampton Jockey Club staging a 12 race TAB card at Callaghan Park tomorrow (Thursday). It is a magnificent achievement and to all concerned for bringing it to fruition sincere congratulations. Also to Racing Queensland for the foresight in working in harmony with the RJC to include the extra races transferred and programmed. It has involved considerable work and co-operation and will be of great benefit to the stakeholders. It is crucial that the two prestige Capricornia Yearling Sales races be run not to mention the distribution of the $286K associated prize money. Should be a great day and good luck to all concerned.

I am sincerely thrilled that that talent Cody “Chip “Collis has come back to race riding in such dynamic form. Cody makes a return to riding at Callaghan Park on Thursday where he has seven rides including quite a number for his current master Stuart Kendrick from Caloundra. They have been a force to be reckoned with recently. Cody has ridden something like 10 winners in the last seven weeks. It seems like Cody, the envy of any jockey with his small stature has been around for years but such is not the case given he is only 20. For memory he kicked off his jockeying career with Callaghan Park trainer Fred Smith in late 2020. Cody had a few masters in his early apprenticeship days and was off the scene for quite some time before reappearing with Kendrick. He is certainly a talent with spirit to match. With any luck I suspect Cody will notch up his “ton” of winners at Callaghan Park on Thursday. Currently he sits on 98. Go get them Cody.

Not at all surprised that Master Jamie has earned a slot to contest the $775K The Archer for the second time on April 28. He was snapped up and wisely so by RJC chairman Rob Carr and his wife Leonie just last Sunday. Master Jamie, the winner of $1,055,775 in stakes is a worthy aspirant for the 2024 The Archer. At the inaugural running of The Archer on May 7, 2022, he was a creditable 4.05 lengths nineth behind Emerald Kingdom which was the Carr’s slot that year. Master Jamie, a 13 times winner at Callaghan Park is as tough as “old boots”. I recall asking Graeme Green early last month had any slot holders been in contact re The Archer to which he said “no”. I contacted Graeme again on Monday and he confirmed that the Carr’s had taken-on Master Jamie and a deal was struck. “As soon as Rob drove out of my driveway on Sunday, the phone started to ring from slotholders chasing Master Jamie. I had about five calls,” Graeme told me. All I can say is, well done and rest assured Master Jamie will give of his best under 67.5kg (10 stone 8lbs) in the Mayors Cup at Callaghan Park on Thursday. “That will top him off,” Graeme said.  Afterall, MJ has carried 60kg or more on 25 occasions and was placed second under 67.5kg here last June. Master Jamie is simply a marvel – a horse from a bygone era.

Let’s hope the weather improves for the Yeppoon Turf Club with its first race meeting for 2024 scheduled at Keppel Park for Saturday. The track was definitely rain affected when I made contact with YTC secretary Mary Hornery on Wednesday morning. Fingers crossed for clear skies as Keppel Park is an alluring place to go racing. Nominations given the giant 12 race Rocky card on Thursday are beaut for Yeppoon.

Lovely article and accompanying pictures in this month’s edition of RACE (Queensland Racing Magazine) on apprentice Tahlia Fenlon. Very well deserved. Also, to trainer Nick Walsh on his effort of three starters for three winners at Mackay last Saturday. Speaking of which Rocky trainers produced six of the seven race winners there. Doesn’t jockey Bubba Tilley get around? A winner at Mackay on Friday, a treble at Goondiwindi the next afternoon and then a few hours later a winner at Toowoomba last Saturday night. If I didn’t know better, you would swear he flew a helicopter. Financially he will be “flying high “after 11 rides at Callaghan Park on Thursday. 

Keep hydrated all at the 12-race card at Callaghan Park, Thursday.

Happy Horses Tony McMahon. 


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