Two CYS graduates set to clash at Callaghan Park Tuesday

Published 6 March 2023

Two CYS graduates set to clash at Callaghan Park Tuesday

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Rockhampton’s richest race for juveniles, the $150,000 Capricornia Yearling Sale 2YO Classic (1200m) is just 26 days away and the big guns are coming out ready to fire for the April 1 showdown.

Two of the top local contenders in Jamie McConachy trained Sunnycoast and Ricky Vale’s Track Tale will clash in the $21K QTIS 2YO Handicap (1100m) at Callaghan Park races on Tuesday. 

In common with the long-held belief that you don’t have to outlay a fortune to acquire a good horse, both were very modest purchases at the 2022 Capricornia Yearling Sales in Rockhampton.

Speaking of which, the catalogue for Rockhampton’s 2023 CYS is now available online and is a must read with 135 lots on offer.

Sunnycoast (ch g Sebring Sun-Even So x Choisir) cost just $7000 when knocked down to Bryan and Lorraine Hall’s Graceville Thoroughbreds, Morinish last year.

At his only two starts for an impressive Townsville win on debut last October and a first-up 2.9 lengths fourth at Mackay nine days ago, Sunnycoast has returned a good dividend of $27,900.

After showing frenzied speed in the Mackay 1100 metres dash won by In Evidence, it did not surprise that Sunnycoast was a sitting duck late in the race weakening for fourth.

However, he was only beaten 2.9 lengths which was a meritorious effort from which on a fitness perspective Sunnycoast will derive considerable benefit.

The Halls will offer a draft of four fillies at the April 2 CYS including Lot 46 a full sister to Sunnycoast.  

Liam Goody owned Track Tale (b/br f Whittington-Tracktorque x Hidden Dragon) was an $8000 catch at the 2022 CYS on account of Springton Park and is unbeaten in two Rockhampton starts. 

Non-QTIS registered, Track Tale has returned $23,800 for those wins while she would have reaped another $25,500 had she been QTIS eligible.

However, QTIS registration is certainly not a guarantee that a horse will gallop and gallop indeed can the Vale trained filly Track Tale.

Track Tale won on debut at Callaghan Park on December 23 by six lengths and scored a comfortable 1.8 lengths win over In Evidence there at her only other start on February 10.  

As a parallel, In Evidence came out next start on February 25 at Mackay and beat Sunnycoast conclusively which on that yardstick suggests that Track Tale has the stronger credentials for Tuesday’s clash. 

That will be determined just after 1.45pm when Ash Butler will jump Sunnycoast and Les Tilley will surge Track Tale out of the barriers.

Brisbane apprentice Melea Castle will reduce Master Jamie’s weight to 65.5kg when he contests the St Paddy’s Day Tickets on Sale Open (1400m), the second race on the Callaghan Park program. 

Trainer Graeme Green is readying Master Jamie for the $150K QTIS The Gold Jewel (3YO&UP) 1350 metres at Doomben on Saturday, March 18. 

Entries for the 70th Springsure St Patrick’s Day Race Club races to be run at the Central Highlands township next Saturday, close on Tuesday, March 7 (tomorrow) at 11am.

The Rockhampton Jockey Club has a massive St Patrick’s Day race meeting scheduled for Callaghan Park on Saturday, March 18.

 

Tony McMahon

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