CQ has eye on youngsters

CONSIDERABLE Central Queensland interest will focus on the Magic Millions National Horses in Training Sale at the Gold Coast on October 28 and 29.

The sale offers a catalogue of 425 youngsters which have been involved in separate sessions of breeze-up gallops at the Gold Coast.

This year the format for the sale has been different through the rescheduling and timeframe involving the breeze-ups but organisers believe this will better suit buyers and sellers.

The racing partnership of Gracemere's John Pointon and Pru Howard has a consignment of 11 well-bred and educated youngsters that are certain to attract buyer appeal.

They are by a range of sires including Ferocity, Immovable Option (IRE), Stromberg Carlson, King Of Happiness (USA), Opera Lad, Telesto and Consolidator.

“There are plenty of winners there among them and I can guarantee you they are ready to get up and go and have no educational vices,” Pointon said last night.

Rockhampton's Allan and Janet Clark are also Gold Coast bound with ready-to-run youngsters comprising part of the Sunshine Coast Racing Lodge draft.

Along with daughter Kerrie and son-in-law, the Caloundra trainer David Peoples, they have 10 horses in the mix for sale.

These include a bay Conatus filly, as well as fillies by War Trace and Tsuimai.

The sale philosophy comprises buying yearlings earlier in the year, educating them and then reoffering them for sale in October at the Gold Coast after breeze-up gallops. “It is rather an expensive exercise so we will just have to see how we go,” Allan Clark said.

MM managing-director Davis Chester has just returned from China and other Asian countries promoting the sales. “Interest is extensive and keen. I am expecting big interest from China, Macau and Singapore. This is by far our best Horses in Training catalogue and over the years some top winners, particularly so in Asia, have come from the sale,” Chester said.

Cox in hot seat

THE Rockhampton Jockey Club's new CEO, former Victorian Denis Cox, has literally had a “baptism of fire” during his first few weeks in the hot seat at Callaghan Park.

Denis was well-warned about floods in Rockhampton, but the bushfires which sent huge palls of smoke over the massive crowd at Callaghan Park's St Peter's Day races on Saturday were something else. “You don't do things by halves in Rockhampton,” Denis said yesterday.

He reported a capacity crowd of 5000 on track on Saturday and, in what I believe is a refreshing change, was forthright in advising that there were a few incidents among the crowd.

“I believe there were a few minor incidents and a couple of arrests. However, overall the entire crowd was very well-behaved and my understanding is police and Liquor Licensing officers were quite happy with the way the day went off,” Cox said.

Cox is like a breath of fresh air to Callaghan Park as he brings with him new ideas and a professional approach.

On Saturday he was seen taking photographs of crowded facilities and recording notes in relation to matters that need addressing when large crowds swell Callaghan Park.

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