Widely travelled jockey Tash Chambers 37, has “resurfaced” and has sufficient talent to rise to the occasion and win next Saturday’s (April 1) $116,000 Capricornia Sales 2YO Classic (1200m) at Rockhampton’s Callaghan Park racecourse.
Chambers, who mixed race riding in Mt Isa with working underground in the mines there for two years, has been engaged for emerging Hurry Up Kelvin in what is Rockhampton’s richest race.
Hurry Up Kelvin (gr g 2 Floral Pegasus-Tennessee Melody x Danbird), an $8000 purchase at last year’s Rocky sale comes into the Classic with excellent timing.
He is likely to be the only winner over the 1200 metres trip in the race, a feat under Chambers as jockey the grey accomplished at Mackay races in 2YO QTIS Maiden company at his last start on March 14.
“He is a nice little horse and won well at Mackay and the run suggested there was a lot of improvement in him. Actually, Tom Button his trainer has told me he has improved and come along really well after that win”, Chambers said from her Sunshine Coast base yesterday. FRIDAY
She relocated there in February after a two year stint in Mt Isa brought about by her weight issues which at one stage of her career brought about a premature retirement.
“I started my apprenticeship under Trevor Bailey at the Gold Coast and enjoyed successes in South-Easy Queensland and the Northern Rivers of New South Wales really. I always had weight problems and then when it soared I gave riding away for some years. That’s why I moved to Mt Isa when I came back and rode there and worked in the mines before eventually getting my weight down to around 55kg now. I rode a double recently at Townsville and am really looking forward to riding the grey (Hurry Up Kelvin) on Saturday week (April 1)”, Tash explained.
In Hurry Up Kelvin trainer Button gets an enviable two pronged attack on the Classic as he will also saddle-up race favourite The Bank Manager (gr g 2 Sidereus-Special Deposit).
Both were among the 2016 CYS draft of Oaklands Stud which among 18 yearlings will offer half-blooded relations to both Button’s talented duo on April 2 in Rocky.
First of the duo in the Rockhampton Showgrounds sales ring on Sunday week will be Hurry Up Kelvin’s half-sister, a brown filly by Wicked Style (USA).
Its pedigree page on the third remove through great grand-dam Misty Vain is a shrine to Black Type (CORRECT Caps) winners and is one of the best female lines there is.
Undoubtedly, this filly is entitled to fetch far more than half-brother Hurry Up Kelvin which was “the steal” of the 2106 CYS at just $8K.
Interested buyers and there should be many in The Bank Manager’s half-sister, the grey Wicked Style filly from Special Deposit, will see it enter the ring as Lot 8.
With residual value, the filly already dubbed “The Bank Manageress” is likely to be high on the bucket list of discerning buyers.
Oaklands Stud may have as many as six starers in the 2YO Classic (1200m) on the eve of the sales at Callaghan Park.
At Townsville races yesterday FRIDAY, the Ben Williams Charters Towers trained Wicked Style youngster We’ll Beat It finalised its Classic build-up with a pleasing second over 1200 metres.