Ekkareeza records opening win at Callaghan Park on weekend
SHE may not be the flashiest or fastest filly in Central Queensland, but Ekkareeza has one of the most successful trainers in the region.
Lyle Rowe, a former jockey who has been training for 30 years, exulted as jockey Nicole Vuille weaved a passage between runners to snare a late stride win in the Rockhampton Grammar School HCP (1200m) at Callaghan Park.
"It's not often I give her (Ekkareeza) an accolade, but she did really well," Rowe said.
"She's become more honest as the days go on."
Ekkareeza ($5), a winner of three of her last four starts, is fast becoming Rowe's stable star, outclassing race favourite Our Neddy Boy ($2.38) on Saturday afternoon.
"Since I brought her up here she's won three or four and had a fair few placings," he said. "I thought she'd be very hard to beat. I expected her to be very competitive."
Ekkareeza, a filly from Richard Foster's Yarramalong stud that has earned over $46,000 in prizemoney already this season, will contest the next 3YO QTIS at the Rockhampton track in a fortnight's time.
"We want to try and get her as many wins as she can before taking her to breed at the end of this year's campaign," Rowe said.
Whiskey Lad finished second in the Diana McLellan Memorial Bbb Maiden (1200m) while Dyna Rose ran fourth in the Race 6 to cap off a successful weekend for Rowe.
"They both ran a good race. The other horse in front of Whiskey Lad was very strong," he said.
Jockey Ashley Butler gave Just One Wish a cozy run with a two-length win over Soul Serenade and Layan in the Winter Carnival 28/5-29/6 Maiden (1050m).
The three-year-old started her 2014-15 campaign with a sixth in the Guy Sebastian at Morp 4/11 Maiden (1100m), but turned her luck to record her first win of the season in Race 3 Saturday.
Natalie McCall-trained Superior Dragon claimed top honours to record a win over New Zealand-bred favourite Mower in the 4RO Racing Heritage 28/5 Maiden (1050m).
Adrian Coome asserted his dominance as the leading premiership jockey to claim a three-length win onboard Lead The Way in Race 5. Brendan Butts- trained Champagne Tales scraped to a half-length win over Absolutelyanything in the final race.
At Callaghan Park, Saturday
Race 1: Ekkareeza, Serene Saga, Quick Assault
Race 2: Casino Thoughts, Whiskey Lad, Exceed
Race 3: Just One Wish, Soul Serenade, Layan
Race 4: Superior Dragon, Mower, Feelin' The Heat
Race 5: Lead The Way, Best Hurrah, Macqyver
Race 6: Champagne Tales, Absolutelyanything, Thunda Cookie