Don?t count history out
By TONY McMAHON ? HISTORY has long been a grand barometer in deciding the out- come of feature races and this could be a sound principle to adopt for today's $55,000 XXXX Rockhampton Newmarket Handi- cap (1300m) at Callaghan Park racecourse.
Highly weighted runners, in particular the top Brisbane pair of Weaishe (58kg) and Alfonso (57.5kg) were being tipped with random abandon throughout Rockhampton yesterday but sta- tistics are not running alongside them.
Over the last quarter of a century, only four horses have won the Newmarket with 55.5kg or over.
On the old Callaghan Park sand track, Kero (61kg) won in 1980 while Dignitas Son carried 56kg to win two years later.
The turf track has proved a great leveller, with only King Of Indies (56kg) in 1989 and Kootoomootoo (55.5kg) last year proving just what an obstacle weight has proved in the Newmarket.
Such stats no doubt sit comfortably with Rockhampton trainer Tim Cook and his Toowoomba counterpart Ron Macrae.
Cook's saddles Inverse Ratio (53kg) while McRae's hope rest with Late For Tea (54kg). Both horses come right into Newmar ket calculations as impressive last-start Callaghan Park winners.
Newmarket jockey Lacey Morrison brought Inverse Ratio home with a devastating sprint wide out in the Tattersall's Sprint (1200m) on May 26 to beat Tycoon Ted in the last stride.
A winner of six races at Callaghan Park and three times run- ner-up at the Newmarket dis-tance, Inverse Ratio may have beaten the handicapper with his bottomweight allocation.
Equally impressive was Late For Tea, when he was anything but, striding away to trounce a good quality field in the Rockhampton Open (1200m) last Friday.