Western Brace on the comeback trail at Callaghan Park

CHAMPION Rockhampton sprinter Western Brace makes his comeback return to racing at Callaghan Park today where he has the mammoth weight of 65.5kg in the $7700 XXXX Open Handicap (1100m).

Western Brace went amiss after his last Brisbane start on May 7 when he ran arguably the poorest race of his distinguished career coming in 14th of 16 behind Wager over 1400 metres at Eagle Farm.

Subsequently an injury surfaced which at first cast doubts on his future racing career.

However, Kath Mylne returned Western Brace to training sometime back and recently he won a modest Callaghan Park barrier trial when ridden by jockey Darryl Johnston who will warm the saddle again.

Western Brace, the winner of a remarkable $344,470 in stakes, will carry an awesome 10.5kg more than his nearest rival in the weights in veteran The Falcon.

Boom Sunshine Coast apprentice jockey Rachel Mason, who has been taking all before her in Brisbane recently, has a number of Rockhampton mounts at the meeting.

These include Radar Alert and Happy Spot for trainer John Wigginton.

Premier jockey Dale Evans will not be competing as he was suspended over a careless riding charge at Mackay races last Friday.

Evans was outed from November 20 to November 30.

Also missing will be apprentice Donna Carrigg, similarly suspended at Mackay with her penalty ranging from November 18 to December 1.

Highly promising Rockhampton sprinter Joe Dirt and stablemates Schariar and Ballator, managed by owner Steve Coome, have figured in a surprise stable transfer from David Vale.

Coome said Joe Dirt and Ballator had been transferred to Rockhampton trainer Bill "Slipper'' Williams while Schariar is to be trained by Neville Petersen in Toowoomba.

Vale guided Joe Dirt through a number of Rockhampton wins.

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