Rocky ‘represents’ in Doomben Saturday.

Published 15 March 2023

Rocky ‘represents’ in Doomben Saturday.

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Interest aplenty on dual fronts will centre around the mammoth Doomben nine race card on Saturday featuring both age divisions of the $500,000 QTIS Jewel (1200m).

Rockhampton will be represented by the John Wigginton trained In Evidence, a two-fold race winner in the 2YO division as TAB 2 in Race 7.

Ryan Wiggins, who came to grief shortly after passing the post a winner on In Evidence in the Jewel Prelude at Mackay on February 25 is fit to ride the Nicconi gelding on Saturday.

It will be Wiggins’ first ride back since the incident when In Evidence shifted out abruptly passing the winning post with runner-up Beau Rain (Bonnie Thompson) clipping its heels.

Both horses fell as a consequence with Townsville based Thompson sustaining serious injuries.

In Evidence has come up with barrier two in the 16-horse field which has attracted interstate representation in which all runners-bar Salt Lake City are winners.

“In Evidence had a dew days out (paddock) after the Mackay incident. He suffered no ill effects ad has earned his place in Saturday’s field which is very strong”, Wigginton said.

Wigginton paid $50K for In Evidence at the 2022 Magic Millions Gold Coast January Yearling Sale and it has earned him and the other seven owners $57,750 in stakes from two wins and as many seconds from four starts.

Toowoomba trainer Kevin Kemp’s $150K Capricornia Yearling Sales 2YO Classic (1200m) hopeful for April 2 in Ringer’s Reward will also contest the Doomben 2YO Jewel.

Ringer’s Reward, a $20,000 CYS graduate from last year has drawn nine gate and will be partnered by her regular rider Montana Savva with the filly’s Ipswich owner Dan McManus hopeful of a bold showing.

“I am sure Ringer will be very completive over the 1200 metres and by her race (seven) the rail may not be the place to be”, McManus said referring to the Under The Louvre filly’s nine barrier.

Tom Smith trained Better Rain will contest the 3YO Jewel as TAB 3 in Race 8 with Les Tilley to ride.

Tilley will also ride Graeme Green trained Master Jamie (TAB 2 – RACE 5) in the $150K Aquis Stallions The Gold Jewel Open (1350m).

Better Rain was the runner-up in the 2022 2YO Jewel last March behind She’sgottheboom and has won twice since in Rockhampton while missing a place in three Brisbane starts this preparation.

Better Rain (TAB 3-Race 8) has drawn 10 while another of the Better Than Ready breed in multiple Callaghan Park winner Betterdeel (Samantha Collett) has come up with gate six in the Jewel.

Betterdeel has been runner-up twice at Eagle Farm under Callaghan Park trainer Clinton Taylor winning $165,445 in stakes from a $47K purchase at last years MM March Sale for Injune’s Shane Mills.

On Saturday she will have her first start under new trainer Desleigh Forster.

“She (Betterdeel) was hard to place up here (Rockhampton) getting big weights so it was decided to sent her down to Desleigh. I might get her (Betterdeel) back up here for the Winter Carnival”, Taylor said end-route to Townsville races this afternoon (Wednesday).

Tomorrow (Thursday) he will only have the one starter there in Seductive Spur (Justin Stanley) in the 3YO QTIS (1000m) as TAB 7 in Race 6 which is a tip in itself considering it is a 720km float trip.

Seductive Spur (f 3 Jet Spur-Seductive Star x Starcraft) was a bargain $5000 purchase by Scott Ferguson at the 2021 CYS and has won $35,800 in prize money.

She is being aimed for a showdown with star stablemate Divine Purpose in the $100K CYS 3&4YO Classic (1200m) on April 1.

Trainer Jamie McConachy said today that CYS 2YO Classic early favourite Sunnycoast will be ridden by Jackson Murphy in that race while stablemate Streaming Sun will have the services of Chris McIver.

Both horses have relatives on offer at the CYS in Rocky the next day for which catalogues are now available at the RJC offices.


Tony McMahon

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