RQ had no hesitation in splitting the $28,500 2YO Colts & Geldings Maiden (1100m) into two divisions when 15 youngsters were declared to run.
Had the principal body of racing in Queensland not done so, five two-year-old’s, many vying to qualify for the $125,000 CYS Classic (1200m) next month, would have been deprived of runs.
In dividing the race and allocating full prize money of $28,500 for each division which includes QTIS bonuses, the stage is set for the biggest St Pats Day TAB race meeting ever run at Callaghan Park.
The move by RQ to divide the 2YO race was warmly applauded from all sections of the local racing industry particularly so from the RJC the caretaker club of St Pats and local breeder’s boss Jeff Lever.
The RJC chairman Robbie Carr was elated by the division of the race.
“Whatever way you look at it there are nothing but positives born. Not only are youngsters trying to earn prizemoney to get into our big Classic next month but right now owners are contemplating buying yearlings from the Rocky and Magic Millions of sales. This gives them confidence to know that big brother in this case RQ is looking after their interests”, Carr said.
RJC CEO Tony Fenlon endorsed those sentiments adding -” It’s just fantastic. We are very grateful of RQ’s positive attitude towards our juvenile racing which is the cornerstone of horse racing in CQ”, Fenlon said.
Capricornia Yearling Sales (CYS) convenor Jeff leaver agreed.
“There is nothing worse when owners of babies (2YO’s) can’t get their horses a run when sensibly if the numbers meant there could have been a division. Hat’s off to RQ as this gives a huge stimulus to our sale on April 14 and stimulates owner’s and would-be buyer’s confidence”, Leaver said.
Of the 27 juveniles that accepted to run in the two programmed races for 2yo’s tomorrow, no fewer than 19 were products from last year’s Rocky Sale.
RQ’s sensible decision to break the race up and make two divisions at St Pats followed its decision at the RJC races on February 28 to divide a 2YO Maiden into three divisions which was most gratifying.
Ross Grove the Thoroughbred Racing Manager for RQ said on Thursday that the body was “trying to assist stakeholders in CQ by catering for their targets down the track”.
“We are pleased to be able to accommodate them and split these races when we can. We are well aware of the upcoming Capricornia Yearling Sales and the importance of owners being able to be given a chance to qualify their horses. We are cognisant of the importance of this and therefore made the right decision to divide the 2YO race”, Grove said.
He also alluded to the fact that RQ is going to take a more proactive role and have a far more on the ground presence in the promotion of the CYS and two days of Callaghan Park racing preceding the big sale day on April 14.
In another plus for this good news day, the presence of visiting SEQ jockeys Justin Stanley; Andrew Spinks; Stephanie Lacy and Montanna Savva means that all 70 horses accepting for St Pats will have jockeys.
That in itself is a first for such a hectic day of racing around Queensland where similar quite often the Rockhampton Saturday race meetings struggle to accommodate sufficient jockeys to partner the horses.
One of the most interesting runners tomorrow will be the Zoe Hohn trained Macho Tycoon the winner of last year’s Tattersall’s Cup at Callaghan Park.
The son of Wicked Style has not raced since June 16 when a fine third behind Balboa Rocks over 1400 metres at Callaghan Park after which Macho Tycoon sustained a niggling strain.
Hohn plans to take Macho Tycoon along quietly towards a Rockhampton Cup start in July.
Wicked Style who sired Wednesday’s cleverly named Doomben winner Hit Snooze a daughter of Forty Winks will be represented by five of his offspring at the CYS on April 14.
A yearling by Bruce Watt’s Riverside Stud stallion Carrara sold for $22,000 at the Magic Millions Sale in South Australia on Wednesday.
The colt was from the Sequalo mare A Sweetie who was sold in-foal to Carrara for a moderate price by Kerrod and Glenda Smyth’s Lauren Glen Equine Centre, Alton Downs.
At the 2018 CYS in Rockhampton, Lauren Glen passed-in a Rothesay-A Sweetie colt when it did not fetch the $20,000 reserve price.
Laurel Glen only has the one offering of a More Than Ready (USA)-Averau x Stratum colt at the CYS in four weeks’ time at the Rockhampton Showgrounds.