Timely boost to Rocky race riding ranks
Published 26 November 2021
In a timely boost to Rockhampton’s race riding ranks, Callaghan Park apprentice Tahlia Fenlon has been granted her provincial jockey’s licence.
Fenlon 18, commenced race riding on May 22 at Emerald where she rode two second placegetters. Only a week later at her second day riding at the races she landed a winning double at Gladstone with her first aboard the Kevin Miller trained Absolute Arty.
In the ensuing six months Tahlia has plied her craft throughout country Queensland and as of early Friday afternoon November 26, she had ridden 22 winners. As this story was being written Tahlia won on Isis Carmello at Mackay TAB races with that horse being trained by Kevin Miller who has been a grand supporter of the Rockhampton teenager.
Tahlia’s other winners have been far afield at Twin Hills, Clermont, Yeppoon, Cairns, Injune, Middlemount, Dingo and Thangool.
She has enjoyed considerable success at Mackay TAB races but that centre is classified as country while Rockhampton and Townsville TAB meetings hold provincial status. Indentured to trainer Fred Smith at Callaghan Park, Tahlia Fenlon will be in keen demand at Rockhampton Jockey Club race meetings where her 3kg claiming allowance will be invaluable.
“I have just received my provincial licence which means I will be able to ride at the Rockhampton Jockey Club’s Callaghan Park races on Saturday week (December 4)”, an excited Tahlia said on Friday morning.
That Saturday date is being heavily promoted being the last such weekend race day for 2021 for the RJC. The club is asking trainers to sure up riding engagements early for next Saturday as some jockeys usually available have commitments in the Finals of the Country Challenge Series in Brisbane that day.
Tahlia Fenlon will have company in the lady jockey’s room at Callaghan Park on the day as North Queensland jockey Lacey Morrison is taking rides at the meeting.
In other racing news, Queensland’s chief thoroughbred steward Peter Chadwick has advised that a recruiting process is underway to fill a void left in Rockhampton. This followed the surprise departure of resident chief steward Josh Adams who had held the position for two years based at Callaghan Park. Adams worked his last race meeting at Callaghan Park last Thursday week before taking holiday leave. Adams said he was relocating to South-East Queensland for family reasons.
“Josh Adams has been confirmed as a member of the Brisbane stewards panel”, Chadwick said. This means that Adams will work as a team member on a panel of as many as five stewards that officiate and are subordinate to a chairman of stewards at metropolitan race meetings.
In the meantime, Chris Allison and Ethan Suli, who both worked alongside Adams at the Callaghan Park racecourse offices are overseeing racing in Capricornia.
Article by Tony McMahon