“Terrific nominations” for The Fitzroy.

Published 21 April 2023

“Terrific nominations” for The Fitzroy.

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Just when you think it can’t get any better it certainly does as far as the Rocky Amateurs glamour $1 million The Archer race meeting goes at Callaghan Park on Sunday week, April 30.

Not only is a star-studded field virtually guaranteed for the second running of The Archer ($775k) over the 1300 metres journey but plans for the co-feature race The Fitzroy, are also flowing along sweetly.

The $75,000 The Fitzroy Open (3YO & Upwards) 1300m, drew 23 entries when they closed on Wednesday and included some very smart visiting and local horses.

“The noms for The Fitzroy are just terrific. Really, we couldn’t be happier”, Rocky Amateurs chairman Bill Reid said.

Newcastle trainer Kris Lees has entered Gem Song, Ucalledit (NZ) as well as Animate.

Brisbane trainer Desleigh Forster plans on starting Good Chat while Robert Heathcote has entered Starvirgo while Sunshine Coast trainer Jack Bruce has the very smart Axe entered to run.

Of the 23 nominations for The Fitzroy, 16 are from visiting stables.

Rocky Amateurs committeeman Jonathon Offord explained the procedure regarding emergencies for The Archer when final acceptances are declared next Thursday.

“The top five rated acceptances for The Fitzroy become automatic emergencies for The Archer”, Offord said.

In further news on Regional Queensland’s richest race, leading apprentices Angela Jones, Kye Wilson-Taylor and Jayden Lloyd will all play a role.

“Angela Jones will ride Vega One and her Tony Gollan trained stablemate Archer Park’s Count da Beans will be ridden by Kyle Wilson-Taylor. Jayden Lloyd will ride Namazu for Peter and Kayla McPhail”, Offord reported.

Jones is currently fifth placed in the Queensland Jockey’s Premiership with 76 winners while James Orman who rides favourite for The Archer in Startantes leads with a whopping 141 winners.

Meanwhile, Gold Coast trainer Kacy Fogden was elated when her last Saturday’s Randwick runner-up Maotai arrived back safely for some light R and R earlier this week.

“He arrived back in great order”, Kacy said.

Three times Melbourne Cup winning rider Sydney’s Kerrin McEvoy will ride Maotai in The Archer.

“Kerrin didn’t take much convincing to take the ride in The Archer in Rockhampton on Maotai after he rode him at Randwick”, Fogden said.

With a stash of GROUP 1 winning races to his credit, McEvoy will be a star attraction at The Archer meeting.

Another leading jockey, the now Brisbane based Samantha Collett, a premiership winning jockey in New Zealand will also be available for race rides at the meeting.

Entries for the six minor races for the Rocky Amateurs meeting which boast in total another $180K in prize money close this coming Tuesday.

The performance of a quartet of Rocky horses in Master Jamie, Chinny Boom, Divine Purpose and Street Glory will be the cynosure of attention at Doomben races in Brisbane on Saturday.

Just who knows, we just may be talking about Chinny Boom as a contender for the 2024 The Archer this time next year?

The glamour filly runs on Saturday in the Mick Dittman Plate (1110m) under Ben Thompson who won on her in Brisbane a fortnight back.

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