Rockhampton Racing Stakeholders Dominant in Mackay
Published 24 July 2022
Rockhampton racing stakeholders played dominant roles at Saturday’s feature Mackay Cup races as well as out west at Emerald.
Leading the charge was Callaghan Park trainer Clinton Taylor and fledgling teenage apprentice jockey Brooke Johnson. Taylor trained a combined four winners at the two centres and Johnson at just here second day race riding rode two of them.
“It was a great day for the stable and we couldn’t do it without the support of our staff and owners and naturally the jockeys. Brooke you are a star”, Taylor said.
At Mackay where Rocky trainers won five of the eight races on the rich card, Taylor won with Betterdeel (Justin Stanley, $1.70) and Macinate (Robbie Fraad, $4.60).
It was a huge day also for the Gold Coast’s Fraad who won the $150K Mackay Cup (2000m) on Toowoomba trainer Lindsay Hatch’s Sayl (GB) ($3.20fav).
In doing so, Fraad, who also starred at the recent RJC Winter Carnival, notched up his 33rd winner on nine different tracks in QLD and NSW since June 1. No other jockey riding over that timespan in Australia can match those stats.
Out at Emerald races Taylor’s winners were Imadgic ($2.10) and Attackabeel ($2.50). Saturday’s results meant Taylor, training in Rockhampton for less than three full seasons, has produced 53 winners in the 2021/22 season which ends next Saturday. He keeps a stable of appropriately 30 horses, mainly in the younger category, in multiple stables in Rockhampton.
Young apprentice Brooke Johnson started her jockeying career at Thangool the previous Saturday with a nine lengths win on Grand De Lago. Brooke doesn’t do things by half measures as Attackabeel won by 7.5 lengths at Emerald. She is likely to be riding at the Middlemount Cup meeting next Saturday where all jockeys receive an extra $80.00 rebate per race ride.
Other Rocky trainers with Mackay winners on Saturday were Kerrod Smyth(Mississippi Prince), Dale Whyte (Whoshotthemagician) and Ricky Vale (Yulong Sovereign). The Vale trained Namazu was an excellent third in the Cup and is now likely to clash with Sayl in the $150K Townsville Cup (2000m) on August 6.