Racing by the coast

Racing by the coast

RQ’s Trade Teacher Jeff McCabe with apprentice Brooke Johnson and Middlemount Race Membership’s Emma Merritt. Picture: Tony McMahon. By Liam Emerton
Hello readers and doesn’t time fly?
It definitely does however that may be a little bit of a priority as I’m starting to reply my very own questions. Anyhow it simply looks as if yesterday that I used to be writing final week’s column.
As I acknowledged in that essay there’s racing in all places at current – Townsville Cup assembly and Cleveland Bay Handicap, at the moment (Saturday, August 6) whereas regionally the racing is at Yeppoon.
Rockhampton racing is being represented by Marway and Grasp Jamie within the $100,000 Cleveland Bay Handicap (1300m).
When you’ve got the prospect, get yourselves right down to Keppel Park racecourse Yeppoon however do not forget that tickets need to be bought on-line for entry to the racecourse.
I do know the membership isn’t anticipating an enormous crown on Saturday because the race day clashes with an enormous competition at Emu Park and the annual Rocky Swap Day as effectively.
Could possibly be a great alternative to have a great time out at Keppel Park with loads of room to maneuver about.
Greatest wager is to go on to the Yeppoon Turf Membership Fb web page to entry how one can go about buying admission tickets.
After Yeppoon races comes the TAB race assembly on the grass observe at Pioneer Park at Emerald on Monday.
The Emerald Jockey Membership has solely a restricted variety of TAB race days and the indications are that Monday’s can be effectively stocked with horses, trainers and jockeys.
A dozen or so entries have been made by trainers from Rockhampton with the majority coming from the Central Western stables.
It ought to be an excellent day’s racing.
Sizzling on the heels of Emerald on Monday the present goes on at Mackay on Tuesday the place 30 Rocky neddies are nominated to race.
One horse from that Rockhampton contingent is the Nick Walsh skilled Deep Breath engaged within the Class 6 Plate (1560m).
Gee his kind may be very sturdy having gained 5 races in succession at Rockhampton (4) and Mackay (1) in current months.
Hearken to this for kind.
Deep Breath adopted these wins with a 3rd within the Tattersalls Cup (1600m) behind Grasp Jamie right here and a nice fourth behind that nice horse once more within the $150,000 Rockhampton Cup (1600m).
If that kind can’t win a Class 6 Plate (1560m) at Mackay effectively I’ll hand over tipping.
What makes me so assured about Deep Breath is that he romped house profitable a Callaghan Park barrier trial over 900 metres on the grass final Tuesday morning.
Brisbane jockey Brad Pengelly stayed within the space in a single day after driving the Adrian Coome skilled winner Government Stress on the RJC assembly on Monday.
Brad simply had the 2 rides on the trial session additionally profitable on the Nick Walsh skilled stablemate of Deep Breath in Simply Tremendous.
Brad has ridden Deep Breath twice in races and my early guess is that he would be the pilot at Mackay on Monday.
Readers, the percentages could also be skinny about Deep Breath however for mine he ought to win.
Speaking of winners delighted to announce the Rockhampton racing awards winners for the 2021-22 racing season which concluded final weekend.
Callaghan Park coach Clinton Taylor gained the Rockhampton trainers premiership with 20 winners for the season which given the competitors was no imply feat.
With so many younger trainers now settled in Rockhampton and an ever-increasing record of visiting horses competing from southern stables, Clinton’s tally was extremely commendable.
I’ll go on document as saying that Clinton is likely one of the busiest trainers to ever have labored work out of Rockhampton.
Not often per week goes by that Clinton isn’t on the street floating his horses in all places to race.
Other than his 20 Callaghan Park winners he ready greater than 30 at different Queensland centres throughout final season.
Ryan Wiggins with 32 Callaghan Park winners gained the Rockhampton Jockey’s Premiership narrowly from Justin Stanley.
A FIFO jockey from Brisbane, Ryan by no means actually misses driving at mid-week TAB race conferences at Callaghan Park.
On the first day of the brand new season there final Monday he rode a profitable double on the Ricky Vale skilled duo of Matador and Knight’s Sword.
Ricky Vale gained the Rockhampton trainers’ premiership for the 2020/21 season.
Teenage Rockhampton apprentice Tahlia Fenlon gained the junior riders (apprentice) premiership in Rockhampton with 21 winners which was actually a powerful effort.
Tahlia gave away 4 months begin to the senior jockeys final season as she solely had her first Rockhampton trip on December 4, 2021 after her provincial licence got here a couple of week or so earlier.
It does make you surprise doesn’t it the place Tahlia would have landed on the general jockey’s desk had seen been driving at Callaghan Park from when the season opened on August 1 final yr?
Tahlia additionally gained the Mackay jockeys and apprentice premiership final season which demonstrates her expertise even additional.
She did comparable I imagine at Emerald and Thangool in addition to profitable the RQ nation apprentice premiership.
It should be remembered that Tahlia solely commenced race driving in Might 2021.
At her first race rides at Emerald on Might 22, Tahlia rode two second placegetters however only a week later at Gladstone turned that round with a profitable double.
Since that by no means to be forgotten day at Gladstone, Tahlia Fenlon has ridden one other 78 winners which is nothing in need of superb.
Congratulations Tahlia and you’ve got a rewarding and thrilling profession forward of you that’s for certain.
Tahlia is the daughter of proud mother and father Tony and Jodie Fenlon.
Tony after all was my predecessor as CEO at Callaghan Park.
Rockhampton has all the time been a breeding floor for profitable feminine apprentice jockeys with current examples being the names such because the late Carly-Mae Pye, Zoe White and Ellie Smith coming into my thoughts.
From all report there’s a new “child on the block” arriving, in Rockhampton teenager Brooke Johnson.
Apprenticed to Benny Crear, that teenager (19) has ridden 5 winners throughout her first fortnight of race driving. |
One at Thangool, two at Emerald and one other double at Middlemount races final Saturday.
Nice to see younger hard-working girls actually making inroads into Central Queensland and Rockhampton racing.
On behalf of my committee on the Rockhampton Jockey Membership the heartiest of congratulations to all winners within the Rockhampton premierships with extra class victors to be introduced as effectively.
Don’t overlook we get again racing at Callaghan Park once more on Thursday, August 18.
As effectively have in mind Gladstone Cup races at Ferguson Park down there on Saturday, August 13.
As Bugs Bunny would say on Looney Tunes – “That’s all of us”.
See the place a horse referred to as Looney Tunes began at Middlemount races final Saturday. That’s one other story for one more day.
Till subsequent Saturday, yours in racing Ian Mill.

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