Winning prospects for today’s Callaghan Park meet.

Published 13 April 2023

Winning prospects for today’s Callaghan Park meet.

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After a highly successful Capricornia Yearling Sales two days racing carnival almost a fortnight ago, racing returns to Rockhampton’s Callaghan Park racecourse today.

While small fields prevail, winners seem well disguised as most races are chock full of winning prospects.

Among the promising horses taking part, none seem as potentially gifted as the Ricky Vale trained Divide The Sea which contests the last race, the BM 70 (1050m).

Divide The Sea has not raced since last November when the former West Australian won his third race from as many Rockhampton starts for the astute Vale.

A noted first up performer, Divide The Sea trialled recently at Callaghan Park and although last of four he was close-up to the brilliant subsequent winner Deep Breath.

Meanwhile, trainer Clinton Taylor has reported all is well with Chinny Boom after her gutsy win against the odds In Brisbane last Saturday when she overcame an interrupted passage in the straight.

“She has pulled-up terrific and it was a terrific win. She deserves her chances now in the bigger test among all comers next start”, Taylor said.

He was referring to Chinny Boom’s next assignment in the $160K Mick Dittman 3YO Listed Plate (1100m) at Doomben on April 22.

Her stablemate Rover’s Pepper also in Brisbane along with Divine Purpose has drawn 15 barrier in what was to be his main assignment at Eagle Farm this Saturday in a Class 3 Plate (1200m).

Clinton Taylor had this to say about Rover’s Pepper a winner of his last three starts consecutively.

“He won’t start at Eagle Farm. I’ll keep him for Ipswich next week”, Taylor said.

Two high profile players for the forthcoming The Archer at Callaghan Park on Sunday, April 30 will however be Eagle Farm bound on Saturday.

Toowoomba trainer Mark Currie has chosen Justin Huxtable for Soxagon while Andrew Mallyon rides Desleigh Forster’s Emerald Kingdom.

Both will contest The Ascot (1000m) as their final race before The Archer at which Newcastle trainer Kris Lees who had two starters in last year’s The Archer, will be in attendance for at Callaghan Park.

Lees’ likely runner or runners in The Archer are to be signed off any day now.

Rockhampton trainers once again dominated the Mackay Turf Club’s TAB race meeting at Ooralea last Tuesday.

Ricky Vale, who has four starters at Callaghan Park on Thursday, won two Mackay races with Flop Turn River (Les Tilley) and Ready For Magic (Ryan Wiggins).

Tilley earlier won on Callaghan Park trainer Graeme Green’s Mistrey Emperor (Kobayashi-Eiffel Star) in the QTIS 2YO (1100m).

Wiggins also rode a double when Nick Walsh Rocky trained Deep Breath took out the Open Handicap (1300m).

Emerald’s Glenda Bell capped the day for CQ trainers when Farmer’s Friend, part-owned by former RJC CEO Tony Fenlon won the 0-55 (1200m) under heavyweight jockey, Rockhampton’s Ashley Butler.

The Rockhampton Jockey Club race again at Callaghan Park on Thursday, April 20 which will be the last meeting there before the historic The Archer races with over $1M in prize money on Sunday, April 30.

Racing this Saturday is at Thangool while the Yeppoon Turf Club reports good early bookings for it’s first meeting for 2023 at Keppel Park on Saturday week, April 22.

Yeppoon Turf Club secretary Mark Hornery advises all intending patrons going to Keppel Park races must book tickets through Eventbrite detailed on the YTC website/Facebook pages.


Tony McMahon.

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