Rocky ‘represent’ at the Gold Coast’s glamour Jewel race meeting.

Published 5 March 2024

Rocky ‘represent’ at the Gold Coast’s glamour Jewel race meeting.

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The Rockhampton Jockey Club have put back trials and jump outs originally scheduled for Callaghan Park next Tuesday to the following Monday because many Callaghan Park trainers will be absent at the Gold Coast for the Magic Millions March Yearling Sale. 

Speaking of the Gold Coast, there will be considerable Rockhampton representation at the glamour Jewel race meeting at Aquis Park this coming Saturday. Sunshinyday from the Tom Smith camp will contest the $500K 2YO Jewel (1200m) and stable mate Acre’s Away will run in the $500K 3YO Jewel (1200m) with both horses raced by Mitchell and Anna Power from Rocky. The fillies Party For Two and Ringer’s Reward we can claim “rights to”- admittedly stretching the point but they did go through the 2022 Capricornia Yearling Sale in Rockhampton. Both have won a sizeable six-digits in dollars in stakes and will contest the $500,000 3YO Jewel as well. So too will John Wigginton’s Magic Millions yearling purchase In Evidence which to me has a mighty each-way winning chance – depending on barrier draws of course. Another Callaghan Park trainer Nick Walsh has well performed MM yearling Fine Shot in the 3YO as well and although number 17 in entry order would be unlucky not to make the 16-horse cut at acceptances on Wednesday. Then there is Master Jamie and Chinny Boom entered for feature Gold Coast races on Saturday. Could be a cracker of a day for the locals – here’s hoping anyhow. 

The $168K plus possible bonuses CYS 2YO Classic (1200m) and the $118K plus CYS 3 & 4YO Classic (1300m) have entries closing off on Wednesday, March 6 at 11am. So don’t miss the deadline trainers. Gee, I hope that Ringer’s Reward (trainer Kevin Kemp) and Party For Two (O’Dea and Hoysted trained) make the trip up to Rockhampton for the older Classic. That would make for an enthralling clash. The two big CYS races are scheduled for Saturday 6 April at Callaghan Park, the day prior to the Capricornia Yearling Sale. As has been the case, a Friday, TAB meeting will make it a three-day festival so to speak. All the corresponding social events are advertised on the RJC website and Facebook page.

Without any doubt whatsoever the “ride of the day” at Eagle Farm Brisbane races last Saturday was that of local lady, the apprentice jockey Tahlia Fenlon on Evocator in the seventh event. I won’t spoil it for you in case you missed seeing the winning ride so go onto Racing Queensland TAB Race Replays and see for yourself. I can “read” a race just as well as the best of them so without being deemed egotistical I stand by what I say – it was a ride that a GR 1 winning jockey would have been proud about. So, to occur with a 3kg claiming apprentice in the saddle speaks volumes for Tahlia’s ability. Soon rather than later trainers in Brisbane are going to wake up and utilise her 3kg claiming allowance, which is like, if you will allow me to say so, a gift from heaven. If memory serves me correctly astute Callaghan Park trainer Graeme Green told me last week that Tahlia would be riding his rising star Shamedy in a $137,500K race at Doomben on Saturday week, March 16. That’s correct Graeme said to me “Tahlia Fenlon will be reunited with Shamedy.” Makes a lot of sense as Tahlia won on Shamedy at Callaghan on February 9. Don’t say you didn’t get an early tip readers. Seriously, Graham has as big an opinion about Shamedy as I have about Tahlia. 

Similarly, I predict that former Rockhampton apprentice Nikki Olzard has a very bright future. See where Nikki rode a winning double at the TAB races at Dalby last Saturday. With 37 winners and 60 placegetters, Nikki has a combined 52 percent strike rate of riding her mounts into “the money”. That reads well in a jockey’s resume but all the better considering Nikki, 18, has only been race riding since last May.

Certainly, would have been a special day for Rockhampton based young steward Hayden Gillett 22, at Callaghan Park races on Saturday, February 24 when he was the chairman of stewards for a TAB race meeting for the first time.  Hayden has been learning the stewards’ ropes for 18 months now and has run inquiries and meetings at some of the country tracks in Capricornia. He is still deemed a Cadet Steward and to quote a racing parlance “he comes out of his time in October.”. In other words, he will be a fully-fledged steward from then. I wish Hayden well and have noticed with all due respect “he has come out of his shell” in recent months. By the way, if you fancy yourself as a softball player, I suggest you don’t take Hayden on. I have it on good authority that Gillett is a Queensland State Representative player in the Under-23 team.

Big roll-up of past racing stakeholders at the celebration of the life of retired trainer William “Bill” Curran in Rockhampton on February 19. Bill passed away at the ripe old age of 92 on February 12. What I did not know until it came out during the ceremony was that Bill won the Rockhampton trainers premiership round about the1960/61 season. 

Justin Stanley, 22 winners currently leads the RJC jockey’s premiership by two wins over Ryan Wiggins. Local jockey Warwick Satherley has been the mover and shaker so far this season sitting third on 13 wins including four wins at the RJC race meeting recently which was as you say a first during your career. The trainer’s premiership is very cluttered with Clinton Taylor and Jared Wehlow on top with 13 wins each from Graeme Green 12 and Nick Walsh on 11. Graeme’s daughter Sileas (Mully) Green is in the top 6 spots with six wins. Long way to go yet until the end of the season on July 31.

See you all at Callaghan Park races on Friday folks and of course Happy Horses Tony McMahon. 




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