Bumper entries stretch field
THE Rockhampton Jockey Club will stage a bumper eightrace TAB card at Callaghan Park racecourse tomorrow with a huge 113 acceptors.
Top billing on the glamour program which seems certain to generate bumper TAB betting turnover, rests with the $7700 Open Handicap (1100m) for which 21 horses were declared acceptors.
This is unprecedented for a non-feature open class race in Rockhampton at this time of year and resulted in two horses, Bro and Charlie Won't, being balloted out and another five being declared emergencies.
Assured of 14 starters, the race is headed by the veteran Toowoomba sprinter Treasure The Kwila to be ridden by in-form apprentice Adrian Coombe.
Through his three kilograms allowance, Treasure The Kwila comes into the race suitably placed with 58.5kg.
Thangool trainer Mark Lehmann has adopted the same strategy with Promising Joy handicapped with 61kg. He has engaged apprentice Luke Dillon, thereby reducing the weight to 58kg.
An interesting runner will be Tycoon Ted (Tony Pattillo) who has undergone another stable change and is back in Rockhampton with Tim Cook.
Meanwhile, stewards have announced fining Mackay jockey Mark Dale $250 for failing to fulfill riding engagements at a recent Gladstone meeting.
Jockey David Lloyd will face stewards tomorrow over his failure to do likewise at Emerald races on April 15.