Exemplify looks the likely winner
By TONY McMAHON ? HONEST Rockhampton sprinter Exemplify is poised to win tomorrow's $7000 Harcourts Real Estate Newmarket Handicap (1300m) at Keppel Park racecourse, Yeppoon. Exemplify, the winner of eight races, has deservedly been allocated topweight of 58.5kg in the Newmarket and will be ridden by senior jockey Darryl Johnston. A winner of two of his last four starts at Callaghan Park in Rockhampton, the Lennie Rodgerstrained Danehill Dancer (IRE) gelding is backing-up after contesting a hot Open Handicap (1000m) in Rockhampton last Tuesday.
To his credit, Exemplify finished one length away in third place behind the top-class sprinter Nessuno.
The drop back in class at Yeppoon is immense.
Former Emerald-trained Pride and Power, a recent addition to John O'Sing's Rockhampton stable, appears as the hardest for Exemplify to beat.
The two clashed in a 1300 metres Rockhampton Open on October 15 with Exemplify relegating Pride And Power to second by 1.25 lengths.
While Pride and Power meets his conqueror 1kg better at the weights at Yeppoon, it is doubtful if it will be sufficient to reverse the result.
Yeppoon Turf Club president Greg Simpson said providing the weather remains fine the Keppel Park circuit would be absolutely fabulous.
Racing commences for the fiverace card at 1.40pm but gates open hours earlier to accommodate the big crowd expected to take advantage of the activities and the betting on the Derby Day Melbourne races.