Shigzag’s Rise

The resurgence of “grey power” on Central Queensland racetracks of late ran in the genes when Shigzag scored an impressive win at Callaghan Park, Rockhampton last Thursday. It came as no surprise to Shigzag’s owner, breeder and trainer Neil Vagg of Dalma that the foal sired by Shinzig and dropped by Aspiran on November 7, […]

The Bank Manager takes the money again!

In an unusual twist, it was The Bank Manager who carried out a heist with a difference at Mackay yesterday (Feb 21) TUESDAY and in the process virtually got away with “blue murder”. However, this bank manager had customers throughout the nation cheering as he raced away to win the $24K QTIS 2YO Handicap (1050m) […]

2017 Interactive Sales Catalogue Now Online

“Class personified” is an apt definition of the calibre of thoroughbred yearlings being offered at Rockhampton’s Capricornia Yearling Sales (CYS) on Sunday, April 2. That’s a given after perusal of the 2017 catalogue of 93 yearlings which was posted online on the Central Queensland Thoroughbred Breeders Association website this week. Queensland’s leading studs will be […]

Who will take out the 2017 Capricornia Yearling Sales Classic?

Pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that’s completed with the outcome of Rockhampton’s richest juvenile race, the $118,000 Capricornia Yearling Sales Classic (1200m) are starting to fall into places. The Classic, for two-year-old horses sold through the 2016 CYS in Rockhampton, is the middle kingpin of a Festival of Racing in Rockhampton from March 31 up […]

Samba Rio sets eye on 2YO Classic after debut win

By Tony McMahon Rockhampton racing’s latest “kid on the block”, Samba Rio is enjoying some down time after his ultra impressive Callaghan Park debut win last Thursday. Trained by the ever expanding Shane Sigvart stable, Samba Rio (b/br g 2 Drumbeats- Explicit Vixen x General Nediym) literally had the drums beating after his runaway win […]

Helarocity takes win after 22 month recovery!

By Tony McMahon Time is a great healer while its sidekick patience is a virtue. The advancement of veterinary scientific practices dispensed to assist Mother Nature is now working wonders in the field of horse husbandry. The practical use of all four qualities/elements have been painstakingly utilised whereby the end result brought a most satisfying […]

2017 Capricornia Yearling Sale shaping as the best yet!

By Tony McMahon This year’s Capricornia Yearling Sale (CYS) to be held at the Robert Schwarten Pavilion at the Rockhampton Showgrounds on Sunday, April 2 is without doubt shaping as the best on record. Organisers have been buoyed by the calibre of yearlings being nominated for the sale including an inspiring draft from Queensland’s newest […]

The Bank Manager spells to prepare for 2017 CYS 2YO Classic

By Tony McMahon Rockhampton’s star “young buck” of the juvenile season to date in the Sidereus grey gelding The Bank Manager is to spell after another meritorious effort at Callaghan Park racecourse last Saturday. The Bank Manager (gr g 2 Sidereus-Special Deposit x Special Dane) took his prize money to $21,800 after a fighting second […]

Benfica Princess looks to Queensland Oaks

By Tony McMahon Benfica Princess, a graduate of Rockhampton’s Capricornia Yearling Sale (CYS) is trailblazing towards a start in the GR 1 $500,000 Queensland Oaks (2400m) run at Eagle Farm in Brisbane in June. Bred by Mary-Lee Trivett’s Banchory Thoroughbreds, Benfica Princess (ch f 3 Benfica-Made Of Dreams x Made Of Gold) scored her third […]