We’re Racing Tomorrow at Callaghan Park.

Published 12 May 2023

We’re Racing Tomorrow at Callaghan Park.

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In an incredible feat believed to be unprecedented in the history of the  Mackay Turf Club TAB race meetings, Rockhampton trainers made a clean sweep of the seven race program there on Tuesday.

Led by Callaghan Park trainer Ricky Vale through a winning double, singular wins were also recorded by horses prepared by Jamie McConachy, Tim Cook, Nick Walsh, Jared Wehlow and Kerrod Smyth. Apart from the seven winners, Rockampton trainers had another eight place getters, while providing four quinellaes, two trifectaes and a first four.
Of the total prize pool of $167,000, Rocky trained horses snared $120,300 after providing 32 of the 68 race starters there last Tuesday. This means they accounted for 47% of starters but won 72% of the prize money.

Last Tuesday’s astonishing results from the Rocky raiders comes as no surprise as Callaghan Park trainers and horses have been monopolising successful race results at Mackay in recent seasons. Most trainers argue quite rightly races are easier to win at Mackay were trainers with superior horse talent from SEQ rarely race.

Such is not the case at the Rockhampton Jockey Club TAB races at Callaghan Park  tomorrow. (Saturday).
Sunshine Coast trainers Garnett Taylor (Bold Comic, Bold Halo, Playful Passion and Patti’N’Fay) and Natalie McCall (Smashing Plates) are expected to figure prominently.

Another Caloundra trainer Stuart Kendrick who nominated strong form horses for the meeting decided against making the long float hike exacerbated by roadworks on the Bruce Highway. However, resident Callaghan Park trainers Clinton Taylor, Ricky Vale, Jared Wehlow, Graeme Green, Peter Fleming and John Wigginton should provide formidable opposition. They have multiple starters with winning  claims. That’s not to be interpreted that other local trainers won’t figure prominently either.

Green is likely to miss Callaghan Park attending to his warhorse and Rockhampton star galloper Master Jamie at Doomben. The first race kicks off locally at Callaghan Park at 1.22pm.

The RJC has received very pleasing  entries for next Thursday’s TAB meeting at Callaghan Park which looks very likely to be a nine race program.


Tony McMahon.

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