Yeppoon racing tomorrow whilst Callaghan Park is refurbished.
Published 11 September 2023
The Rockhampton Jockey Club will stage a seven race TAB card with a difference tomorrow (Tuesday) as the venue will not be the customary Callaghan Park racecourse.
Instead, the location is Yeppoon’s Keppel Park racecourse which substitutes for Callaghan Park whilst it undergoes annual track refurbishment which puts it out of action during the month of September.
The same formula will apply in a fortnight on Tuesday, September 26 with Callaghan Park listed as coming back into play on Sunday, October 8.
Rockhampton Jockey Club track manager Trent Williams has rated the Keppel Park track to be a “Good 3” for the card which commences at 1.04pm.
Last season’s premier Rockhampton jockey Ryan Wiggins who is very much “in-form” combines with Sunshine Coast trainer Stuart Kendrick, who also could be described that way, with top rater Better Off Single.
Cleverly named Better Off Single (b m 4 All Too Hard-The Last Kiss), contests the $23K Maiden (1000m) as TAB 4 in the sixth race.
The mare has three placings to her credit from her last five outings and drawing the rails barrier will be a very favourable from the starting point at the 1000 metres.
Wiggins has already won seven races in the first 11 days of September and comes to Yeppoon off doubles on both last Friday and Saturday at the Cairns Amateurs Carnival.
Leading Sunshine Coast based trainer Kendrick has tallied six winners over the last 11 days including four at last Sunday’s TAB races at his home track Corbould Park.
The pair will be in different camps as rivals in the $39K QTIS 3YO Handicap (1300m) which is the third event at Keppel Park.
Wiggins rides the Ricky Vale trained and last start winner Track Tale (TAB 1) while Kendrick has opted for Jackson Murphy to pilot Orca (TAB 2) – also a last start winner.
They appear as the form runners along with John Manzelmann’s Mishani Aviator (TAB 3) to be ridden by Adam Sewell.
Mackay’s Manzelmann with 15 starters, will create history for a trainer with the most horses starting on the one program at Yeppoon since racing commenced there on September 23, 1981.
JM will start seven of the eight starters in the 2.57pm and back-up 37 minutes later with six of the seven runners in the fifth race.
Kendrick is dispatching five starters for the 600km trip to race at Keppel Park.
He will clash stablemates Palatial Prince (TAB 3) and Deal An Ace (TAB 6) in the third race, the BM 60 (1800) with Jason Taylor and Jackson Murphy the chosen postilions.
In this middle-distance event, always a spectator’s delight at Keppel Park, Wiggins will team with another Sunshine Coast trainer in Garnett Taylor with Bold Hussar (TAB 2).
Bold Hussar comes into the race as a last start Callaghan Park winner over 1500 metres so it should be taken as a positive that Taylor is confident the horse will run out the extra 300 metres.
Additionally, Bold Hussar is Garnett Taylor’s lone Keppel Park starter which also could be interpreted as a sign of confidence.
Taylor and Wiggins have teamed together for 71 winners while the jockey has enjoyed the most success with Track Tale’s trainer Ricky Vale through 79 winners.
Kendrick and Wiggins have joined for 43 winners.
It is looking good for Ryan Wiggins to build on his record of 1365 winners at Keppel Park on Tuesday.
Statistics accredited to Racing and Sports website.