Rockhampton racing’s richest race for 2YO’s received another huge boost yesterday with the announcement of a further cash prize and free service to internationally acclaimed stallion Power (GB) should the race be won by a filly.
Already the Capricornia Yearling Sale Classic (1200m) run on Saturday, April 13 carries winning prize money of $82,250 if it is won by a QTIS registered filly.
If the winning filly is non-QTIS the first prize drops to $72,500 but regardless the new incentives will apply to both categories.
Rockhampton Jockey Club CEO Tony Fenlon said the race club would now offer a $5000 cash bonus to be paid to the winning trainer of the CYS Classic providing it was a filly.
On top of that the winning connections (owners) will receive a free service voucher to Power (GB) the GR 1 Irish Two Thousand Guineas winner who has sired winners throughout the world.
Power (GB) was the leading first season sire in New Zealand in the 2016-17 season producing outstanding juveniles before being acquired by Neville Stewart’s Oaklands Stud, Darling Downs.
At his first season at Oaklands last spring, Power served a book of around 80 mares with his service fee set at $11,000.
Stewart, the biggest supporter of Rockhampton’s Capricornia Yearling Sales with a draft of 21 yearlings for the April 14 venue, has been the motivating force behind the incentive for a fillies’ bonus for the Classic.
RJC’s Tony Fenlon acknowledges this and said his club was very appreciative of Stewart’s initiatives and support of both the CYS and Rockhampton racing in general.
“Neville has had discussions with the club for sometime about making the 2YO Classic all the more attractive for the owners and the trainers of fillies. This year is a start with the club’s contribution of $5000 and Oaklands’ free service to Power (GB) and we are hopeful this can be built upon next year.
It is rare that a free winning service is given to an outstanding stallion and Neville Stewart has been very generous in donating the service to Power who is tipped to become a star stallion prospect in Queensland. Neville puts back into Rocky racing as he also races horses here. That deserves credit and let’s hope he has a very successful sale this year with his outstanding yearlings.
As well, already we are excited at the prospects of Power’s progeny being sold through Capricornia Yearlings Sales in the future”, Fenlon said.
Stewart said he was pleased to support both the Capricornia Yearling Sales and the Rockhampton Jockey Club while emphasising that Power was indeed an aristocratic stallion with a proven sire’s record already of GROUP race and Listed race winners.
“He (Power) is indeed the true deal and Oaklands is most fortunate to have a sire of his calibre in Queensland. He was well received after virtually a late start at his first season since coming from New Zealand last year.
After we (Oaklands) got him his son Mr Clint (NZ), won the GR 1 $1 million Singapore Guineas (1600m). The beauty of Power is that he sires precocious two-year-old’s as well as subsequent milers and middle-distance horses. He is very exciting to have in Queensland”, Stewart said.
Oaklands Stud has produced the winners of the past two CYS 2YO Classic’s in Stylish Criminal and Wicked Ways.
Meanwhile, it appears that Irish eyes have been smiling upon Saturday’s Springsure St Patrick’s Day races which will be staged tomorrow.
Club president Terry Hoare had been concerned that the track would be very dry and dusty but all those worries floated away when the skies opened over the racecourse last weekend.
“We received 75ml of rain and it certainly was a blessing as we have not had to water the track as a result. We had another good drop on Tuesday so the track and grounds should be in very good order”, Hoare said.
Springsure has a solid five race card tomorrow for the annual St Pats races and as usual a big crowd is expected to be in attendance.
Horses are coming from far and wide and the good news is that nine jockeys riding there ensures that there will not be any scratchings due to rider shortage.