Racking AROUND Rocky with Tony McMahon.

Published 23 January 2024

Racking AROUND Rocky with Tony McMahon.

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The Rockhampton Jockey Club will host its biggest meeting for the new calendar year to date  with a bumper nine race TAB program this Thursday, January 25.

It will certainly be a busy afternoon at the well appointed and patron friendly Callaghan Park racecourse with the opening event starting at 12.22pm and the lucky last race at 5.19pm. The expanded program came about through the Emerald Jockey Club’s planned TAB meeting for Tuesday, January 23, being abandoned because of unsafe heat wave and exceedingly high temperatures.Logistics and further likely adverse weather conditions prevented the progressive Emerald Club from arranging an alternative meeting.  Racing Queensland therefore added another two races to the RJC card which was much appreciated by stakeholders. So too of course was the co-operation of the Rockhampton Jockey Club to bring this to fruition.
Thursday’s Callaghan Park program has attracted leading jockeys from a wide cross section of Queensland. The meeting has gathered a plethora of in-form horses which will ensure highly competitive racing.
What a dream start the newly created One Syndications – Rockhampton ownership team has gotten off to.Dream is the most appropriate word I could come up with.
Just last week at Callaghan Park their first runner the former southerner Awol gave them an unforgettable thrill by winning.  That paled into insignificance compared to the second starter in One Syndications grey and black livery. That’s because Shadowen won a Maiden Handicap (1000m) under lights at Corbould Park, Caloundra last Friday evening.  However, it was no ordinary Maiden by any means. It was the appropriately named TAB 100’s and 1000’s 3YO Maiden offering a staggering 100 grand in overall prizemoney.  Listen to this.  Shadowen collected a $57,500 first place purse for the strong finishing win. Wow, how good is that?  Both Shadowen and Awol are trained at Callaghan Park by Nick Walsh.  Both were graduates of an online Inglis Sale last November.  Awol cost One Syndication $20,000 while James Cummings prepared Shadowen was a $27,500 purchase. The team are well and truly now in the black with Shadowen and more than half way there with Awol. Along with last week’s Callaghan Park winner Valtino, it made three winners for Nick Walsh for the week.  Both Shadowen and Valtino were tipped in my recent RAR column as Callaghan Park barrier trial winners to follow.  Trust you took the tip but if not, more wins will be coming up soon for all three.
One Syndications is the  result of passionate Rockhampton racing men Brandon Diplock and Josh Lang coming up with its creation.
For memory, Brandon’s grandfather Norm raced that brilliant and prolific winning sprinter – the flashy Go Garla. Son, Greg Diplock is a devoted racing man, owner and an RJC committeeman at one time. Thrilled for the One Syndication team.
Weather permitting there will be huge interest in the glamour Sunshine Coast race meeting at Corbould  Park on Saturday.  The man himself, dual Rocky Cup winner Master Jamie contests the Sunshine Coast Cup (1500m. Not surprisingly Master Jamie’s is top weight with 60kg in the $160,000 race. His trainer and part-owner Graeme Green has taken Jamie from a $10K March Magic Millions yearling to be a winner of over $1 million in stakes. John Manzelmann lines up last start Rocky winner Tiger Legend in the Cup as well on Saturday.  He is likely to give a big sight at big odds.  Graeme also has in-form recent multiple Callaghan Park winner Top Spy dually entered for the Sunshine Coast meeting.  Also his smart 3YO Shamedy lines up at Corbould Park as well. Shamedy is due to clash with Capricornia Yearling Sales graduate Ringer’s Reward which gave us a great run for our money as a $14 chance when second in Brisbane last Saturday.
Both horses have their hoof on the till.
Callaghan Park mentor Jamie McConachy will start recent winner from there in Dollar Dollar which impressed in winning  a recent trial as well.
Throw in the Rockhampton owned Jemeldi and Cocobrew Express and Rockhampton is certainly well represented on Saturday.
Don’t miss out on getting to Callaghan Park on Thursday.
Happy Horses Tony McMahon.

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