Today’s Rockhampton Jockey Club TAB race meeting sponsored by DLV Finance offers almost $250,000 in prize money making it the richest of its kind since the race day proto type’s inception in 1988.
The six-race card features the $118,000 Capricornia Yearling Sale 2YO Classic (1200m) and similarly the 3YO Classic (1300m) of $68K.
Actually, with a $100,000 bonus cash-carrot dangling for grabs should the Aquis Farms bred filly Brook’s Pleasure (Nathan Day) win the 2YO Classic, it would mean Rockhampton racing’s richest pay day in it’s 150 years history.
It seems ironic, that DLV Finance which specialises in financial services for equipment, rural and business and home loans and cattle leasing should be sponsoring the day.
Fittingly at least two of the DLV partners which has offices in Rockhampton and Emerald in Jeff Leaver and Brian Dodson are prominent racing industry members as well as owners.
Some 14 juveniles will jump from the barriers in the Classic at 3.52Pm following the scratching of the Michael Attard trained Gohan due to a muscle problem which the trainer said was the result of a gallop earlier this week.
Naturally, all 14 starters are graduates from last year’s Capricornia Yearling Sale and remarkably one stud, Neville Stewart’s Oaklands just outside Toowoomba will account for half the field size.
All the ‘Oaklands Seven’ range from serious hopes to moderate chance as listed in preference below.
They are likely favourite (Gypsy Toff – Nigel Seymour); Rubie Georgie (Les Tilley); Serious Crime (Wanderson D’Avila) and Wicked Grimshaw (Zoe White).
As well Oaklands sold Uber Mover (Bridgett Grylls) while Zloto (Chris McIver) is by their sire Sidereus.
The leading stud will also be represented by the Liam Birchley trained Wicked Ways (Chris Whiteley) which has a huge winning chance.
Trainer Tom Button who trains Gypsy Toff; Rubie Georgie and Wicked Grimshaw has the odds in his favour of winning his first CYS Classic as he also trains another leading contender in The Tax Accountant (Ashley Butler).
Victory for Button would be ever so sweet as he went within a whisker of winning last year’s Classic with the ill fated Oaklands’ bred Sidereus gelding The Bank Manager.
In a hectic pressure race where there will be no peace up front, it will be interesting to see if brilliant Hinchinbrook filly, Jamie McConachy’s Brook’s Pleasure (Nathan Day) can stave off the challengers and win.
I’m leaning to ward’s the Button pair of Gypsy Toff (the only Brisbane placegetter in the field) and the highly promising The Tax Accountant to fight out the finish.
Furthermore, I strongly fancy Wicked Ways.
If there is an upset which has over the years prevailed, John Pointon’s Serious Crime a half-sister to the 2017 Classic winner Stylish Crime could be the provider.