Premier RJC Achievers

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By Tony McMahon Tom Button, the first-time Rockhampton Jockey Club (RJC) premier trainer could well be the youngest to have achieved that honour at Callaghan Park. Button 37, only commenced training full time just over two years ago and his rise through the ranks of his career choice in Rockhampton could be described as meteoric. […]

Photo Finish for First Season Sires’ Honours

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By Tony McMahon Photo- desperately close and could be a dead-heat!!!  Sound familiar? It’s a constant on racecourses all over Australia as the race caller’s decibels skyrocket describing the closest of race finishes. That’s the looming scenario in the battle for honours in the First Season Sire’s list for Australia in the 2015-16 season which […]

QTIS Pay-Up Extended

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By Tony McMahon It is important to know, particularly if you had missed the deadline that registrations for the all important QTIS pay-up have been extended. Racing Queensland (RQ) has announced that the closing date of June 30 for current payments has been extended until Friday, August 12, 2016. Through a complexity of reasons including […]

Cash Dash collects at Sunshine Coast

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Cash Dash, the latest star to emerge from a long line of quality racehorses from Rockhampton’s Capricornia Yearling Sale enhanced his building reputation with a storming win at the Sunshine Coast on Sunday, July 24. The sale’s topper from the 2015 sale, Cash Dash took his record to two wins from three starts winning the […]

Bragus prepares for next racing campaign

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Bagus, the Cinderella filly turned giant killer which won the $112,000 Capricornia Yearling Sales 2YO Classic (1200m) at Callaghan Park in April is preparing for her next racing campaign. A $15,000 purchase at the 2015 CYS in Rockhampton, Bagus lifted her prize money profile to a staggering $220,000 with her gutsy win in the Classic […]

Uh Oh (All Bar One-Keep On Dreaming x Octagonal)

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Bert Lillye, the doyen of Australian racing writers once said – “behind every stable door there lives many a story”. Naturally, Bert was right. Lillye, the long time turf editor of The Sydney Morning Herald was inducted into the Australian Racing Hall of Fame last year. As a racing scribe he was and still is […]

Shrouded’s Story

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Sometimes acquiring a yearling that transgresses to a winning racehorse is just a stroke of luck. This is such a tale and from a personal perspective about a cranky talented little sprinter called Shrouded that arrived home at our Stanwell property in April 2014 simply by chance. It was quirky actually. As usual, I had […]

A Classic Case of Two Unwanted “Babies”

This is a classic case of two unwanted “babies” who went under the radar at Capricornia Yearlings Sales. In a rather remarkable set of similar circumstances, Central Queensland Dalma based couple Neil and Elspeth Vagg can only be left wondering why would-be buyers didn’t raise their hands sufficiently to buy two of their breed. Mind […]

Cash Dash lives up to his name

Appropriately named Cash Dash, the highest priced yearling to go through Rockhampton’s 2015 Capricornia Yearling Sales (CYS) at $50,000, lived up to his name with a brilliant Eagle Farm win yesterday.