Winter Carnival Local Trainers Bonus! by Tony McMahon

Published 1 June 2022

Winter Carnival Local Trainers Bonus! by Tony McMahon

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The Rockhampton Jockey Club is expected to announce on Thursday a lucrative cash bonus scheme for local trainers only competing over the duration of the fast-approaching Winter Racing Carnival.

It is expected that sizeable cash payments will be paid to Rockhampton trainers who accrue the most points with their horses over the four days of the RJC WC.

It will incorporate the Tatt’s Sprint and Tatts Cup meetings (June 24 and 26) as well as Rocky Newmarket and Cup race days (July 8 and 9).

Points on the basis of three (winner), two (runner-up) and one (third) will be implemented with the first three highest placed trainers paid a sizeable bonus on a sliding scale.

Trainers’ eligibility will be based on the registered stable return system whereby it is declared where the horse is trained from appearing in the race book i.e., Peter Fleming (Rockhampton).

It is believed that the RJC committee is anxious to recognise the support of local trainers and by implementing the plan in this mode at least three trainers will be rewarded.

Over the years a similar scheme ran over Newmarket and Rockhampton Cup days but Rockhampton trainers were overwhelmed by visiting SEQ stables bringing select strings targeting the boosted prizemoney and bonuses on offer.

“I think this is brilliant if it gets up and running as it gives us a chance. Previously the big boys from the south just came up for Carnival and we really had no hope and they copped the prizes. Some of them are my mates so I would rather you not use my name as I don’t want to offend them”, the trainer said in good faith.

The RJC CEO Ian Mill, while tight lipped about details, confirmed such a bonus system was under consideration and would be put before the committee at its monthly meeting tonight (Wednesday).

Ironically, visiting stables look likely to completely dominate Friday’s Callaghan Park TAB eight race TAB card which as previously reported takes on Carnival appeal.

The prominent Gold Coast stable of Toby and Trent Edmonds accepted with six horses with international jockey, the now Gold Coast based Robbie Fradd declared to ride.

Pakenham visitor Frankie Stockdale starts four of his team – Riverside Special (Jake Molloy), Barney’s Blaze (Ryan Wiggins), The Cruiser (Fradd) and Dubai Moon (Fraad) and all have strong winning prospects.

Not forgetting Toowoomba’s Lindsay Hatch with top hopes Bean A Bad Girl (Jason Taylor), Let’s Party Marty and Carlin Trend with 3kg claimer Jake Molloy engaged.

Add to the puzzle horses from the Garnett Taylor, Stuart Kendrick, Paul Butterworth, Liam Birchley, Matt Kropp and Jeff Dixon SEQ bases and the outcome of races becomes all the more complex.

Once again, the Callaghan Park meeting commences early at 10.57am and winds-up early at 3.12pm in what is a newly introduced timetable by Racing Queensland.

The Sunshine Coast Turf Club’ Caloundra meeting on Friday also commences earlier than usual at 3.47pm.

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