The Archer on Jamie’s agenda – Article by Tony McMahon

Published 21 January 2022

The Archer on Jamie’s agenda – Article by Tony McMahon

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Rockhampton’s richest race the $440K The Archer (1300m) is on the agenda for mercurial local sprinter Master Jamie but there is a catch involved.

Callaghan Park trainer and managing owner Graeme Green said “no approaches by slot holders in The Archer have been made yet”.

I hear you saying please explain.

Right the inaugural running of The Archer, a Weight For Age race concept similarly designed around Sydney’s $13M The Everest is the brainchild of the Rocky Amateur Race Club.

It will be the highlight of an extravaganza of racing at the club’s annual race meeting at Callaghan Pak on Saturday, May 7.

The Archest, the richest race in the history of Rockhampton racing is designed for 12 starters with buyers (slot holders) paying around $35K for the right to be represented by a starter in the race.

Those 12 slot holders then approach or invite connections of a high calibre horse who they would like to represent them in The Archer.

The two entities (slot holder and connections) then, to quote Graeme Green’s words “work out a deal” that is satisfactory to them.

This involves what percentage of the prizemoney is suitable to both parties so as the horse in question can participate.

It can become somewhat of an auction if more than one slot holder is chasing the same horse and then becomes a case of the highest bidder wins.

Green said the option was there to be taken up by slot holders to secure Master Jamie after the classy sprinter made light of his 62.5Kg to win in open company over the 1300 metres of The Archer at Callaghan Park on Thursday.

On a track rated a soft 5, Master Jamie recorded the sensational time of 1M:16:41 seconds and took his record to 15 wins for $638,050 in prize money.

It was Jamie’s third wins from five starts at the 1300 metres trip while his Callaghan Park record is two wins and a second at the distance.

Green said Master Jamie would now have a freshen-up of a week in the paddock before being set for suitable races designed as lead-ups to The Archer should any slot holder take up an option.

“There are some nice set weight races at the Gold Coast in March”, Green said in reference to a huge meeting there prior to the March Magic Millions Yearling Sales.

Under the Weight For Age (WFA) conditions of The Archer, five years old gelding Master Jamie will carry 58kg.

A specialist weight carrier, Master Jamie has won with 58Kg and more (up to 62.5kg) nine times among his 15 wins.

The time honoured WFA scale was designed by Englishman Admiral Henry Rous in 1850 and apart from minor tinkering has stood the test of time.

As its name suggests, horses are weighted according to their ages with variance for different distances and adjustments for certain months of the year.

Fillies and mares receive a 2.5kg allowance over their male counterparts.

Since it was recently announced, The Archer has attracted spectacular interest and this will build up to its crescendo on Saturday, May 7.

With slot holders including Sydney’s Max Whitby and North Queensland’s Tom Hedley it is likely  that some of the country’s best sprinters will participate.

Already Desleigh Foster’s Apache Chase has been confirmed a starter while stars Tyzone and The Harrovian are in the mix.


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