Thursday 29 Dec last meet at Callaghan Park for 2022

Published 28 December 2022

Thursday 29 Dec last meet at Callaghan Park for 2022

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Rockhampton’s Callaghan Park racecourse will host its third meeting in less than a fortnight and it’s last for 2022 with a seven race TAB card there on Thursday.

This comes hot on the heels of eight and seven race programs convened on Fridays, December 16 and 23.
The dominators from those meetings jockey Ryan Wiggins (4 winners) and Justin Stanley and Ashley (Butler – doubles) as well as trainers Ricky Vale, Clinton Taylor and Nick Walsh (2 winners each) will be very active again.
Stanley and Taylor are a formidable combination and according to Racing and Sport website, the pair has combined for 57 winners.
That’s likely to be exceeded as they team with two last start victors, Betterdeel (Race 3 -TAB 1) and Falsetto (R5-TAB 3) with those horses having the best winning credentials in their chosen races.

Brisbane’s Ryan Wiggins’ winning run during November and December has been nothing short of astonishing.
During November, he won 19 races including a Callaghan Park treble bettered by four wins there on November 17.
This month Wiggins won five races on the Mackay card on December 6 and at last Friday’s program on the same track he scored four victories.

While there are no standouts among his five bookings come Thursday, it is a given, Wiggins will visit the winners’ stall.
Wiggins rides Craig Russell’s in-form Way Back Then (R 1 -TAB 1), Adrian Coome’s pair Executive Street (R 3-TAB 2) and Chesto’s Dream (R 5 – TAB 7).
As well he will be legged-up by Ricky Vale on their 2020 Rockhampton Cup winner Absolut Artie (R 6 -TAB 2) and by Jared Wehlow onto Skymaster (R 7 – TAB 7).

Not forgetting of course local hoop Ash Butler with the enviable winning strike rate of 29.7% – almost one winner from every three rides this season.

With Rocky doubles and a Mackay treble during the last fortnight, Butler is out to end the racing year on a high.
This seems possible through his engagements from Jared Wehlow on Bondurant (R 1 – TAB 2), Ricky Vale’s Yulong Sovereign (R 2 -TAB 1) and Kerry Smyth’s ATM – Mocial Chief (R 6 – TAB 3).
Of course, Thursday’s most interesting starter is the man himself, Master Jamie which will carry apprentice Melea Castle and a big, big saddle in the Magic Millions Country Cup Qualifier (1200m).

Mr Versatility personified, Master Jamie, this year’s 1600 metres Rockhampton Cup winner has been allocated 67.5kg or 10 stone 8 pounds which will be reduced 2kg by Castle’s claiming allowance.
Big wights are part and parcel of Master Jamie’s DNA as he won with 65.5Kg at Callaghan Park on June 26 this year.
With 17 wins from 1050m to 1600m, Graeme Green trained Master Jamie has been a dream horse costing just $10,000 at the 2018 Magic Millions March Yearling Sale.

His prize money haul is currently $789,125 the highest of any horse continually trained from Rockhampton since racing commenced here in 1868.

A win on Thursday would qualify Master Jamie for his rightful place in the field of the $500,000K Magic Millions Country Cup (1200m) at the $11M Gold Coast Magic Millions race day on Saturday, January 14.
Thursday’s Callaghan Park card commences at 1.45pm.

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