Dazzlers strut stuff on course
CENTRAL Queensland racing’s latest batch of “babies” strutted their stuff for the first time under race conditions at Callaghan Park yesterday with two in particular looking to be early “Bobbie dazzlers”.
Both the Tom Bourke-trained Weona Dazzler and Julie Green’s Takotna, sons and the first of the progeny of Eureka Stud,
Cambooya-based stallion Red Dazzler were impressive in their trial wins over 450 metres on a track rated a Slow 6.
Although incapacitated after recent shoulder surgery, Bourke was on hand to watch Weona Dazzler, under the quiet riding of lightweight jockey Donna Philpot, lead throughout his trial and win comfortably with energies in reserve in a time of 26.51 seconds.
Weona Dazzler, named to suggest “we own a dazzler”, was purchased by Rockhampton’s John and Yvonne Hassett for $14,000 when the couple were part of a long-running Rockhampton tour which attends the annual Magic Millions QTIS 600 March sale.
It was the excited couple’s initial yearling ring purchase and they were swayed by the colt’s pedigree being by the first season sire Red Dazzler, a Group 1 winning son of Red Ransom and the fact the colt was from a winning Lion Hunter mare.
The Hassetts will race Weona Dazzler with a group of friends, including Carol Nitz, while Bourke has also retained a share.
Marlborough’s Ron and Bev White and Maureen Olive, who really enjoy the spoils of racing, look to have a sure-fire winner in the gelding Takotna, a son of the Shalford-winning mare Bubbles Of Joy.
An $11,000 Magic Millions purchase from the same Rockhampton group-buying tour as the Hassetts, Takotna under comeback jockey Shane McGovern won his heat by 2.5 lengths in a time of 27.16 seconds.
Rockhampton trainer Garnett Taylor’s warmth for the Garrison Savannah breed hotted-up even more after the Phil Hughes-owned Bonny The Viper scored a half-length win over Mick Attard’s Stromberg Carson’s filly Classy Cougar.
Taylor produced stock by Garrison Savannah at last week’s Breeze-Up gallops in Rockhampton with two of the breed being among the five quickest gallops and he has a huge opinion of the youngsters.
Garrison Savannah, snubbed by buyers at this year’s Capricorn Yearling Sales in Rockhampton, has relocated to Craiglea Stud, Kenilworth, and he could be a regrettable loss to the Capricornia region breeding scene.
Rockhampton Jockey Club chairman Justin Doyle’s liking for the breed of the Last Tycoon
entire Tycoon Ruler may again pay dividends as Hot Shot Sister who he races with among others
Patricia Rowe, clocked 26.19 seconds in the final heat.
Doyle is associated with Hot Shot Sister’s younger full brother, the regular prize money provider Mule Forty Six which is also in the Lyle Rowe stable.
Barring further rain, officials from the Dingo Race Club are confident Saturday’s annual Dingo races will proceed.
Capricornia’s chief steward Luke Collins said the only problems he has been advised about were associated with the 1200 metres and 1000 metres starts from a chute.