This year’s $125,000 Capricornia Yearling Sales 2YO Classic (1200m) will reach unprecedented heights by containing the greatest number of individual race winners since its inception in 1988.
That was confirmed on Thursday when Toowoomba trainer Ben Currie assured his two winners Jelviss and Good Humour were definite starters while Caloundra’s said like wise about her brilliant winner The Sinner.
That means the top 11 highest prize money qualifiers, all graduates of the 2018 Capricornia Yearling Sales and all individual race winners are set for a Classic showdown at Callaghan Park on April 13.
Because the Currie pair of Jelviss and Good Humour had not raced since debut wins at Beaudesert (January 28) and Toowoomba (February 2) respectively, there was scepticisNatalie McCallm among rival connections as to whether they would start.
However, Currie quickly put that issue to rest on Thursday.
“They will both be coming to Rocky for the big 2YO race. I am in the process of sourcing jockeys and may have to bring someone like Josh Oliver from here up if I have to. It’s a bit difficult as some of the riders who go to Rocky midweek are likely to be riding in Brisbane on that Saturday”, Currie said.
Natalie McCall gave The Sinner, her brilliant Better Than Ready debut winner at Caloundra on March 17, the green light for the Classic when he returned to her stable on Thursday.
“He had a week out of the stable on the water walker and has returned in top order. That means he will be coming up for the big race. It is a going to be a top field”, McCall said.
Natalie praised the Capricornia Yearling Sale organisers for the quality of the likely field.
“It is awesome to think that a little sale like the one in Rocky could produce 11 individual winners from the catalogue so early in the season. It is amazing when you think about it. For memory I think last year’s field (CYS Classic) contained a first starter. There has never been anything like this for quality”, McCall said.
She said she had already contacted Gold Coast jockey Daniel Griffin’s manager to see if he could ride The Sinner in the Classic.
“I’m pretty hopeful Daniel will be available as he has ridden him (The Sinner) in a trial and knows him”, McCall said.
Ron Stewart rode The Sinner when he bolted home a three and a half lengths winner in his debut and the hype around the Better Than Ready youngster is huge.
Speaking of Better Than Ready, that Lyndhurst Stud, Warwick based phenomenon and first season stallion, brought up his tally of progeny race wins to 22 when Hezhome won on Thursday at Callaghan Park, Rockhampton.
In what was a most professional win, Hezhome (Matthew McGillivray) demonstrated true grit in going the extra mile when under extreme pressure by overpowering Rocky Poet in the closing stages of the $$31,000 QTIS 2YO Handicap (1100m)
Raced by a large syndicate of owners including the enthusiastic local lady Paula Fisher, the Craig Smith trained Hezhome defeated the Fred Smith pair of Rocky Poet and Tycoon Flyer.
It was another coup for CYS graduates as that trifecta will are now fully qualified starter in the $125,000 Classic.
The Hemingway three-years-old Marway (Brad Pengelly) cemented his favouritism for the rich CYS 3 &4YO Classic (1300m) on April 13 with an effortless win in yesterday’s Thursday Callaghan Park $31K QTIS 3YO Classic (1200m).
Although Marway will be giving away an age disadvantage to the David Vandyke Caloundra trained Elsie Is A Star who won the Classic last year when it was restricted to 3YO’s, his strong physique belies his youth.
At Doomben this Saturday, Rockhampton’s Lota Creek Gold; The Tax Accountant and Gypsy Toff are all engaged but have wide barriers to overcome.
That trio are also graduates of the 2016 and 2017 CYS’s in Rockhampton and it has been confirmed that Lota Creek Gold will not be coming to Rockhampton for the 3&4YO Classic next month.