Tatt’s Sprint & Cup winners earn Newmarket & Rockhampton Cup assignments.

Published 1 July 2024

Tatt’s Sprint & Cup winners earn Newmarket & Rockhampton Cup assignments.

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Capricornia Yearling Sale Graduate Under The Cap, Sunshine Coast trainer Stuart Kendrick, and apprentice jockey Cody “Chip” Collis posted their second big win at Callaghan Park this year when the four-year-old gelding took out the $35,000 Tattersall’s Gold Cup (1600m) on Sunday. 

Bred by Raheen Stud, Under The Cap was a $14,000 buy by Archer Park Racing at the 2021 Capricornia Yearling Sales and won the $100,000 Capricornia Classic for 3 & 4YOs over 1300m at Rockhampton’s Callaghan Park in April. The galloper, raced by an ownership group managed by Wessell Thoroughbreds, returned home to win at Caloundra in May. Freshened up by Kendrick before Sunday’s Tattersall’s Cup, Under The Cap went into the race with a month between starts. With two previous wins in Rockhampton over 1600m the stable went into the race brim full of confidence and gun-young rider Collis delivered a gem of a ride to steer the $3.50 race favourite, Under The Cap home to defeat last year’s Rockhampton Cup winner Sunfall (Tash Chambers) by more than a length with 2.5 lengths to  Alcyone (Justin Stanley). Under The Cap is on target for a shot at the Tattersall’s Gold Cup – Rockhampton Cup double. The $150,000 TAB Rockhampton Cup will be raced at Callaghan Park on Saturday week (13 July). 

Jockey Sean Cormack is well-traveled, modest, and can certainly ride a horse. The multiple Group One-winning Sunshine Coast-based rider was at the top of his game yesterday at Callaghan Park, steering home the Jared Wehlow-trained Letmeletgo to win in a highly contested $35,000 Tattersall’s Sprint (1200m). 

South African-born Cormack has been riding at the southeast Queensland metropolitan and provincial tracks since his return to Australia six years ago. After competing at Saturday’s Tattersalls race meeting at Eagle Farm, he flew to Rockhampton for four rides at the RJC 11 – races on Tattersall’s race day. He was quick to return to the winner’s circle showing his brilliant judgment of pace to ride the opening winner Tavis Town in the Mark Bunt Menswear BM65 Handicap over 1802m. Cormack got the 7YO son of Tavistock trained by Paul Duncan home, a narrow winner over Searess trained by Leigh Wanless. But his best win was to come later in the day when he piloted Callaghan Park local Letmeletgo to a near half-length win over Sunshine Coast galloper Fastconi and the luckless Honky Tonk Diva. Letmeletgo is exempt from the ballot for the $100,000 One Syndications Newmarket Handicap (1200m) at Callaghan Park on12 July.  

 

RJC CEO, David Aldred.

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