2017 Sale Graduates Set to Race in Rockhampton Tomorrow

As the winners keep rolling-in for Rockhampton’s Capricornia Yearling Sales (CYS), more graduates are likely to etch their name on the honour list after racing at Rockhampton’s Callaghan park racecourse tomorrow.

The Rockhampton Jockey Club will stage a seven event TAB card which is highlighted by the return to racing of the Breeders Plate winner Ruby Georgie in the $30,000 QTIS 2YO Class 1 Handicap (1050m).

Ruby Georgie (br g 2 Sidereus-Little Pin Up Girl (NZ) x Pins), a product of Oaklands Stud, Darling Downs was a $13,000 purchase at the 2017 CYS.

He quickly repaid his purchase price to Biloela car deal Alan Grimshaw by winning the debut feature 2YO race for the season under the guideship of trainer Tom Button at Callaghan Park on November 10.

A recently new addition to the ranks of thoroughbred ownership in Rockhampton, Al Grimshaw has much to watch in tomorrow’s THURSDAY race as he is also represented by the Wicked Style gelding Wicked Grimshaw (ch g 2 Wicked Style(USA)-Harley Ma x Shovog ).

Another of the quality draft of Neville Stewart’s Oaklands Stud, Grimshaw paid $16K for Wicked Grimshaw.

Also in the care of Tom Button, the debutant Wicked Grimshaw will be ridded by stable jockey Nigel Seymour while Chris McIver retains the mount on Ruby Georgie.

Both youngsters are being steered towards the feature $100K CYS 2YO Classic (1200m) to be run at Callaghan Park on April 7, the eve of the 2018 corresponding Capricornia Yearling Sale.

Rockhampton businessman Bill Reid, another grand and passionate stalwart of the CYS enjoyed success at the Sunshine Coast races last Sunday when his Sidereus gelding Bauhinia Storm won a $14,000 Maiden (1200m).

Trained by Sunshine Coast mentor Darryl Hansen Bauhinia Storm, a son of the Iglesia winning mare Perfect Alibi was yet another “all Oaklands bred” winning product as Reid acquired him for $14,000 at the 2016 Rocky Sale.

Bauhinia Storm has his sights set on the 2018 CYS 3YO Classic (1300m) at Callaghan Park in April.

‘’I hope he (Bauhinia Storm) can win it for Bill as he has been a wonderful supporter of Oaklands for years. Bill invests heavily in racing and deserves every success achieved”, Oaklands’ Neville Stewart said last night.

Casting a wide net, another winning catch from the local sale in Vegas Boulevard (g Casino Prince-Namen x Zariz0 won a $20,000 race over 1462 metres at Kilmore last week.

Similarly bargain buys from the 2013 CYS at $4000 each in Double Jay Gold and Uncanny Reason both notched wins at Callaghan Park last Thursday.

The wins are indeed timely as they cement the principle that yearlings sold out of the annual Rockhampton sale are not show ponies but very capable racehorses.

Speaking of capable, highly promising Rockhampton apprentice jockey Elyce Smith made her first riding pilgrimage to Cairns races yesterday enjoying success.