Stylish workout from former Sydneysider
By TONY McMAHON ? FORMER Sydneysider Schahriar indicated the balmy Rockhampton weather is to his liking by working stylishly at Callaghan Park racecourse early yesterday in preparation for his assault on Friday's $25,500 Rocky Amateurs Bracelet (1200m).
Formerly with Bob Thomsen at Randwick, the triple Sydney winner is now with Dave Vale in Rockhampton and is second topweight with 60kg in the entry of 16 for the Bracelet.
Race jockey Darryl Johnston remarked "gee can he work'', in a complimentary reference to Schahriar after he completed trackwork.
Vale would also have been delighted with the progress of Bracelet bottomweight Joe Dirt who also caught the eye with a pleasing workout.
Roma trainer Craig Smith will saddle Bracelet topweight Zoe's Lad with 61kg which represents a rise of 5.5kg on the weight he carried for third behind Steel Cap in the 2004 Bracelet.
Premier trainer John Wigginton has the right horse at the right time in the shape of in-form Bouverie's Jest with 56.5kg to provide him with a welcome first win in the glamour sprint.
This year's Rockhampton Newmarket Handicap winner Jazz Fund will carry 59kg while last Saturday's Brisbane runner-up Bro gets his chance with 54kg.
Rockhampton's most promising restricted class speed sprinter, Man Of Illusion makes his return to racing with 55kg in the $10,200 Class 5 (1100m) on Friday.
His John Wigginton trained stablemate In Jeopardy, who has trialled the equal of anything of late at Callaghan Park, will contest the $8200 Maiden (1200m) off the minimum with 54kg.
A glaring absentee, albeit enforced, from the Bracelet weights was top chance Tycoon Ted who transferred last Friday to Jim Lewis from disqualified trainer Tony Crane.