Who wants to be a millionaire? Master Jamie surpasses 156 years of rich Rocky racing history.

Published 2 January 2024

Who wants to be a millionaire? Master Jamie surpasses 156 years of rich Rocky racing history.

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… Granted it is the name of the popular television program but Rockhampton’s star racehorse Master Jamie has become just that – a millionaire!

So much so, Rockhampton trainer Graeme Green was lost for superlatives after his “iron horse” Master Jamie smashed the magical $1million prizemoney mark through his gutsy third placing in the $750,000 King Of The Mountain (1200m) at Toowoomba on New Year’s Day. 

Finishing just a half-length away behind favourite and winner, the GROUP 1 class horse Rothfire, this city’s Master Jamie (Les Tilley, $26.00) earned $100K and took his prize money haul to $1.048.27 million.

In the process he became the first lifelong Callaghan Park trained racehorse in the 156 years history of Rockhampton racing to reach the $1M standard, let alone surpass it.

“What can I say about him except what a mighty horse he is. Jamie is as tough as old boots. He ate up on Monday night after the Toowoomba race while only leaving two little handfuls of feed. As well as that, he ate all his hay. It was an enormous run and I feel in another hundred metres he would have won,” Green said while floating his war horse home from Toowoomba on Tuesday morning.

Master Jamie was under pressure up with the leaders and being pushed by Tilley as far as 800 metres from the finish, but typically in his bulldog racing style he never stopped trying and if anything was doing his best work near the post.

Reporting that Master Jamie had come through the race as “good as gold”, Green said the horse would have a quiet time back in Rockhampton before being prepared for his next assignment in 25 days’ time.

“I’ll set him now for the Caloundra Cup (1400m) on January 27”, Green, who also part-owns Master Jamie said.

It’s been one hell of a ride on the back of Master Jamie for trainer Green and the horse’s fellow part-owners, Central Queensland’s Ron and Bev White ever since Graeme spotted him at the Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sales in 2018.

They purchased him for just $10,000!

Never in their wildest dreams would the trio have known what would lie ahead.

From “’Racing Day 1”’ at Callaghan Park on November 9 that year, Master Jamie gave an indication of his potential winning the Breeder’s 2YO Plate (1050m) by 6.75 lengths. 

He was ridden by jockey Les Tilley who has teamed for 11 of Master’s Jamie’s 18 wins including both the 2022 and 2023 Rockhampton Cups. 

The equine warrior of 57 race starts Master Jamie is still racing as a sound horse with the zest and fighting determination of his juvenile days with his overall record of 18 wins, 13 seconds and eight thirds.

That record is mighty testimony to Graeme Green’s training prowess.

While 7YO Master Jamie has been blazing a trail of glory for Rockhampton racing, his possible heir apparent in the female ranks the Clinton Taylor trained 4YO mare Chinny Boom is also on an upwards spiral.

She too did Rockhampton racing proud at Doomben races last Saturday when a close second to Lady Laguna in the $200,000 LR Nudgee Stakes (1200m).

It was Chinny Boom’s second placing in Listed Race (LR) status thereby enhancing her worth as a broodmare with such Black Type marking in her CV and pedigree page.

Clinton Taylor reported on Tuesday that Chinny Boom had come through Saturday’s impressive performance in fine fashion. 

“All good with her. I have sent her out to Embrook near Beaudesert for a few days freshen-up. I’ll go back down to Brisbane on Thursday to prepare her and get ready for her next assignment on Magic Million Day at the Gold Coast”, Taylor said.

Taylor has two options for Chinny Boom at the mega Gold Coast Magic Millions race day on Saturday week, January 13. 

‘‘I’ll nominate her for both the $1 million Filles and Mares race (1300m) and the QTIS race that day”, he said.

Chinny Boom bred and raced by Chinchilla’s Mark Pascoe was passed in at $48K at the 2021 MM March Yearling Sale on a $50K reserve.

 Pascoe retained her, thereby proving fortuitous with seven wins and two seconds from 11 starts returning $340,550 in purses.

A huge contingent of Central Queensland racing followers will swarm to the Gold Coast for the Magic Millions race day which carries a staggering S14 million dollars in prize money plus other bonuses and trophies. 

The Rockhampton Jockey Club is holding a TAB race meeting at Callaghan Park next Tuesday, January 9.

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