Carnival?s top horses
By TONY McMAHON ? THE annual two-day Rockhampton Tattersall's Race Club carnival kicks-in at Callaghan Park racecourse tomorrow in quality fashion.
As could be expected with $86,000 in prizemoney on offer, the eight-race card has attracted good fields and ample horses. Visiting stayers well may have the edge in the feature event, the Tattersall's flagbearer, the $15,200 Hastings Deering Gold Cup (1800m).
Topweight with the backhanded complimentary impost of 64.5kg, is the prolific Brisbane winner, the Neville Petersen trained Toowoomba stayer Celtic Trial.
Central Queensland owned, Celtic Trial will be ridden by Peter Spry.
Tony Pattillo will ride recent Doomben winner Maizcay Magic, prepared by Les Ross at Eagle Farm.
Greg Wehlow's Gold Coast trained stayer Legal Brief (Justin Stanley) will be chasing his second Cup win for the week.
Last Saturday under 57.5kg with Dale Evans in the saddle, Legal Brief won the $20,000 Mackay Amateur Cup (1800m).
Evans rides Jim O'Shea's Gracemere trained Highest Power today, while Gold Coast hoop Justing Stanley rides Legal Brief.
Incidentally, Evans, riding on a stay of proceedings over a three months suspension imposed last week by Townsville steward Patrick Cooper, is likely to have his appeal heard in Brisbane next Monday.
Some 14 sprinters will contest the co-feature race, the $15,200 Tatt's Sprint (1200m).
Likely favourite, Inverse Ratio (Lacey Morrison), is ideally placed on weights with just 55kg and his style of racing is unlikely to be disadvantaged by the 13 draw.
Improved sprinter Tycoon Ted has drawn 11 gate.