Button Likely to Have Four Starters in Rockhampton’s Richest Race

Premier Rockhampton trainer Tom Button looks likely to have as many as four starters in Rockhampton’s richest race the $118,000 Capricornia Yearling Sales 2YO Classic (1200m) at Callaghan Park on Saturday, April 7.

In what will be unprecedented, Button plans to run the Oaklands Stud bred winners Ruby Georgie; Wicked Grimshaw and Gypsy Toff as well the Warner Quast bred The Tax Accountant.

While the first three of Button’s quartet are winners, the later, the catchy named The Tax Accountant (br c 2 Love Conquers All (AUS)-Flo Jo x Dan zero) was second placed on debut in Rockhampton last Thursday.

It was an outstanding effort by The Tax Accountant the highest priced graduate at $48,000 from last year’s Capricornia Yearling Sales as being a November 14, 2015 foal, he conceded months in maturity to some of his rivals.

Button has an embarrassment of riches in the juvenile ranks this season as Sidereus gelding Ruby Georgie has won twice while the Wicked Style male Wicked Grimshaw is a winner and placegetter.

However, it was Gypsy Toff (br f 2 Toorak Toff (AUS)-Adelaide x Keltrice) sold from the Oaklands Stud draft last year for $25,000 to Kelvin Sparrow and family that had tongues wagging after her sensational debut win.

Displaying brilliant barrier speed Gypsy Toff exploded away at the start to quickly establish a long lead despite jumping from an outside gate under 58kg before going on to win the $26,000 QTIS Fillies 2YO (1050m) by 4.25 lengths.

On a track rated a Soft 5, Gypsy Toff registered a time of 1m:04.30 seconds more than a second faster (six lengths) than the Carrara bred colt’s division winner Gohan.

However, it was the sectional time which was of most interest as Gypsy Toff reeled off the first 600 metres of the race in 34.75 seconds.
In the eyes of many, the bold confident prediction of the outcome of the Classic even this far out a month away, was that it seemed to be at the mercy of the Jamie McConachy Hinchinbrook filly, the Aquis Farm bred Brook’s Pleasure.

By comparison in her demolition of a similar class race on a Good (CORRECT) 4 rated Callaghan Park surface when on debut on February 16, Brook’s Pleasure registered 1m:03.39. Brook’s Pleasure ran her first 600 metres in 34.07 seconds which on comparative terms means the two fillies are aligned through similar natural speed forces.

This well could equate to that the Classic is no longer seen as a one-act affair and with the intense speed that both fillies endow it could well set up the finish for the likes of Ruby Georgie; Wicked Grimshaw and even The Tax Accountant.
Yesterday FRIDAY at early morning track work at Callaghan Park, Button was not getting carried away with the buzz that Gypsy Toff had ignited 24 hours earlier.

“She is a very speedy filly and goes very well. Like Brook’s Pleasure she has to get the 1200 metres of the Classic which will be interesting to see”, Button said.

Brook’s Pleasure is due to go a step closer to answering that question when she starts at the Callaghan Park St Patrick’s Day races next Saturday in a $32,000 QTIS 2YO Handicap (1100m).

Likely to be among her rivals will be at least two of Button’s male juveniles while Gypsy Toff is not to contest the St Patrick’s Day race.
The arrival of Brook’s Pleasure and Gypsy Toff continues the magnificent array of talented juvenile fillies that have been emerged in Central Queensland over the last two seasons.

The Len Milner bred Changeintheweather filly Cyclone Topgirl has strung together five consecutive wins this season but she is not eligible for the Capricornia Classic.

Not forgetting of course, the complete ascendency of last season’s record breaking Rockhampton youngster and the Australian record race winning juvenile of the season in the filly Paradis Imperial.

Indeed, the Central Queensland racing industry is the winner from these vintage crops of young thoroughbreds and who knows another could emerge from the Capricornia Yearling Sales in Rockhampton on Sunday, April 8.

In the meantime, savour the moment.