TURNED OUT AGAIN: Strapper Jessica Ladbrook with the well-rested Helarocity earlier this year.
TURNED OUT AGAIN: Strapper Jessica Ladbrook with the well-rested Helarocity earlier this year. CHRIS ISON

Farcical position

LEADING Rockhampton trainer Jamie McConachy's top three-year-old Helarocity has become the latest victim of farcical race programming for that age group in Central Queensland.

After assessing his options in the long range planning for Helarocity for the Capricornia 3YO Breeders Championship next April, the trainer said he reluctantly had to spell the gelding again.

From a trainers' perspective, naturally McConachy was very disappointed as Helarocity only resumed from a seven-month spell when winning at Callaghan Park, Rockhampton on October 26.

"There is poor programming for his age group and I'm pretty disappointed," he said.

"He's gone back out again and I'll now have to bring him back in after Christmas.

"I can't understand the programming and this doesn't help with owners walking away from the game," McConachy said.

The next Rockhampton 3YO race programmed for Helarocity after his October 26 win was not scheduled until Thursday, December 4.

"Something has to be done about the programming and I don't know who does it. Owners and trainers surely have to have more say," McConachy said.

With nothing amiss with Helarocity, the frustration of his owners was understandable.

Further, Racing Queensland had deleted a number of Rockhampton races this season for insufficient runners, thereby withholding prizemoney that could have been used to fund an additional 3YO race.

Trainer Jared Wehlow, equally disappointed with the sparsity of progressive races for his three-year-old Our Neddy Boy, plans to run him in Brisbane tomorrow in his age group.

Wehlow said he had no other choice but to make the long haul just to keep Our Neddy Boy racing.

With the yearling sale season kicking off in the New Year at the Gold Coast and later Rockhampton, the poor programming must be addressed urgently otherwise it could impact on buyer confidence levels.

Meanwhile, at Flemington in Melbourne yesterday, Rockhampton owned Rocky King ran a courageous 3.8 lengths fifth of 16 behind Atmospherical in the Earl Grey Stakes (1000m).

Rocky King earned $3750 for the effort.

Racing tomorrow heads out to Moranbah where veteran jockey John Lait, now Emerald-based, makes his return after a 12 year break from race riding.

Lait bowed out a winner aboard Tiemon at his last race ride, back on May 2, 2002 at Barcaldine.

Rocky jockeys Chris McIver, Dale Evans, Shane McGovern and Lee Attard also have Moranbah rides tomorrow.



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