Magic Millions series joins Rockhampton

THREE new bonus series races introduced by Magic Millions in 2007, make it all the more alluring to purchase a yearling from the Gold Coast Premier Yearling Sales on March 26 and 27.

Surprisingly, it seems the message has not spread widely yet that the company will stage a $100,000 Magic Millions Rockhampton 2YO Trophy (1000m) at Callaghan Park in March next year.

As well Magic Millions will stage the inaugural $100,000 Premier Sale Plate (1200m) during the same month.

With the addition of a $200,000 Adelaide race, Magic Millions boast the "World's Richest Sales Incentive Race Series'' now worth over $4.93 million.

The new $100,000 Rockhampton race will make it equal to the Rockhampton Cup in prize money.

David Chester, the managingdirector of MM commented he was "delighted to have two additional $100,000 races programmed in Queensland. In particular we look forward to the inaugural race in Rockhampton to show our support to the region''.

Each year I lead a tour of Central Queenslanders to the March Premier Sale in a won-derful package deal for a three nights stay at Conrad Jupiters at Broadbeach.

We were rushed with early bookings for the 2006 tour but have had some cancellations because the Capricorn Sales Classic 2YO race day has been programmed for Sunday, March 26, thus clashing with the first day of the Premier Sale.

Accordingly, I would suggest you get in early to Wendy Mulry at Travelworld Rockhampton this week to take advantage of the late withdrawals.

Catalogues for the Premier Sale offering 426 yearlings came out last week and I was mobbed for the bundles I had to provide to would-be buyers.

Don't despair, I'll have new stocks available at Callaghan Park races on Thursday.

Great to see Dale Evans back riding work at Callaghan Park last week after being sidelined for seven weeks after an operation on his toes.

Dale is confident he will be back race riding at the RJC's Twilight Race Day at Callaghan Park on Friday week.

l Meanwhile, older brother Michael Evans is going through the "red tape'' of taking out a trainers licence.

Tall for a jockey but an excellent horseman, Michael should have no trouble in making the successful transition to a trainer.

What are the odds that partner Shayla Quick will be stable rider?

l Geoffrey Booth had me stumped last week announcing he was the only jockey in Rockhampton riding for Her Majesty the Queen through royal patronage.

"Yes, I ride all the Royal Handouts (breed) and they are all mad,'' he said.

Geoffrey, I don't think Liz would have approved of your last comment.

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