Thursday Callaghan Park Wrap by David Aldred (CEO)
Published 21 December 2023
A mix of trainers, owners, and jockeys got some extra cash for Christmas with some long-priced winners and some well-supported favourites sharing the spoils at Callaghan Park on Thursday.
Letmeletgo is now eligible to start in the $500,000 Magic Millions Country Cup (1200m) at the Gold Coast on 13 January after its runaway win in the Qualifying race on the wet track at Callaghan Park on Thursday. The winner of the race was exempt from ballot for the rich Cup. Letmeletgo has been in great form for trainer Jared Wehlow. After winning at Yeppoon in September, the 6YO gelding placed twice at Yeppoon and Rockhampton before this week’s win. A beautifully bred son of Pierro and the Danehill mare Faith Hill, Letmeletgo relished the sting out of the ground and gave Olivia Kendal an easy steer to the post.
Just Super, a Capricornia Sales graduate and a half-brother to the talent 3YO Fine Shot, looked super winning at his first start back at Callaghan Park for some time. The Super One – You’re So Fine gelding trained by Nick Walsh was given a gun run by Ryan Wiggins to win The Agency Class 6 Plate (1050m). Locked on the rails in the straight, Wiggins sweated on a run opening and once it did, he steered the 4YO to an easy victory. It was Just Super’s fifth win from 14 starts for Walsh.
Rocky Rebel, a 4YO mare with a royal pedigree won its maiden at its sixth race start for trainer Peter Fleming. Appreciating the 1500m, Rocky Rebel got home well over the concluding stages for jockey Jackson Murphy. Purchased at the Inglis Online May 2020 sale for $38,000 Rocky Rebel by Russian Revolution from Irish mare Bethsaida has a pedigree that would not look out of place on an international stage.
Callaghan Park trainer Graeme Green who is in Brisbane with his top galloper Master Jamie, produced Desert Koby to win on debut in the QTIS 3YO Maiden (1200m). Desert Koby (Kobayashi – Desertsunprincess) is raced by her breeder Helen Yeates. The gelding ridden by Les Tilley looked set to score by a big space but just snuck home in the end after Moon Over Matilda (Raul Silvera) produced a charging finish.
Afroginasock staged a big form reversal to win the 0-55 Handicap (1050m) for Thangool trainer Kale Sinclair and leading apprentice Tahlia Fenlon. Specked at long odds Afroginasock came from last on the turn with Fenlon finding the best going in the centre of the track. Afroginasock stormed down the outside to win convincingly. It was Sinclair’s first Callaghan Park winner and he said the galloper was well served by the long Callaghan Park straight. Most of Afroginasock’s recent starts have been on tighter tracks at Kumbia, Mt Perry and Thangool.
Sinclair must have thought Christmas came early when one hour later he saddled Chill Out Miss to win the Class 1 Handicap (1200m). The slightly built grey seemed to appreciate the wet with the track downgraded to a Soft 7 rating. Ridden by Tahlia Fenlon as well Chill Out Miss stuck to her guns to wear down Obliquity in the run to the post. The mood was festive for the Sinclair’s with the trainer registering his first double as a trainer.
Bubba Tilley sent favourite punters home on a winning note with Graeme Green’s Top Spy completing a stable double in the Class 3 Plate (1400m). The Top Echelon mare was having its second start this campaign and notched its third win from 12 starts. Olivia Kendal who won the Magic Millions Country Cup Qualifier earlier in the day took a tumble from Vana Star shortly after the start of this race. She was attended by paramedics on track and passed a mandatory concussion test. Kendal was otherwise uninjured.
Photo Credit: Caught in the Act Photography CQ