Vale’s duo set to resume at Doomben – Article by Tony McMahon
Published 8 February 2022
Two of Rockhampton’s equine racing stars are about to hit the track again in preparation for the Central and Northern Winter Racing Carnivals.
Last season’s premier Callaghan Park trainer Ricky Vale has his pair of stable jewels in Absolut Artie and Namazu set to resume at Doomben on Saturday.
Ricky has Absolut Artie entered for a $75K NNW Handicap (1350m).
Younger Cups aspirant the imposing Namazu is penned-in to contest a $75K set weights Class 6 (1200m).
Absolut Artie provided Vale with a glorious moment in his training career by winning the 2020 edition of the Rockhampton Cup (1600m).
The grey is a last start Callaghan Park winner over 1300 metres on December 30 when lumping 61.5kg.
Vale kept AA up to the mark by running him in a 900 metres barrier trial there recently when he was a runaway 7.25 lengths winner.
Namazu was a real find for the stable last year when winning three heats of a quality series of races at Rocky, Mackay and Townsville.
This brought about interest from overseas buyers.
The winner of $175,275 in stakes and raced by Pav Cheimardinov and partners.
Namazu is undoubtedly one of Rockhampton’s most promising horses.
He too has been well prepared for a long campaign ahead and looked stylish in winning a recent Callaghan Park trial.
The Rockhampton Jockey Club has received 78 entries for the TAB race meeting at Callaghan Park this
Among those nominated is Master Jamie a last start winner there when handicapped with 65.5kg.
Trainer Graeme Green is hoping that Master Jamie may gain a slot in the $440K The Archer (1300m) at Callaghan Park on May 7.
The Rocky Amateurs have announced that the $75K The Fitzroy will be the consolation race to The Archer.
The race will be sponsored by Paradise Lagoons and is another brilliant initiative of the Rocky Amateurs Race Club