Amateurs heads for the coast
IT'S Rockhampton Amateurs Day today, but not at the usual venue of Callaghan Park.
Today the racing takes place at the coast with the Yeppoon track hosting some fabulous line-ups - especially in the two big races on the eight-race card.
First of the big races is the Kalka Palms Hotel/Motel Rocky Amateurs Bracelet handicap.
This one will go over the 1200 metre course and organiser for the event John Day said there was no one horse standing out as a likely winner.
Day said he would go with the favourite King Hunter even though he was carrying a little extra weight.
“He ran a good second to Vulcan on his last start,” he said.
Before that, King Hunter had impressed, winning at Mackay.
The Bracelet has attracted nine horses for the $23,000 event, but Day believes King Hunter is well placed to take the major prize.
The horse is trained by Leanne Applewaite and will be ridden by visiting apprentice jockey Jason Letherby.
Chasing King Hunter home will be, according to Day, Fleet the Bongo, a Jeff Barlow-trained horse while Let it Hail, ridden by Luke Dillon, should be in the picture at the finish.
“The two visitors from Mackay could go well,” he said.
For the Reid Liquor Rocky Amateur Cup the result should be equally tight.
Yet again, Day likes the look of the top weight in the field, Role of Ned, a Darryl Hansen horse to be ridden by Dale Missen.
“He won in style last week,” he said.
Hansen has another horse in the Cup, Starry Dancer, and Day sees him being equally competitive especially with Dillon riding.
However, Day is not ruling out a triple celebration for the connections of Sea Dynasty, a horse that is going for three Cup victories after winning the Gladstone Cup and the Thangool Cup.
Sea Dynasty will be ridden by Trinity Bannon in the $25,000 race.
“We have attracted 88 horses to Yeppoon,” Day said.
“We expect a big crowd as entry is free.”
Buses leave Callaghan Park for Yeppoon in time for the first race at 12.30pm.
It is also a TAB meeting with coverage on Sky TV and the final race beamed to New Zealand.
The second day of the Amateurs race carnival will be at Callaghan Park tomorrow.