Full field likely for 2YO Plate
A CAPACITY field seems certain to line up in the $50,000 QTIS 600 2YO Plate (1250m), to be run at Mackay's Ooralea Gardens racecourse on Saturday.
In all 21 juveniles have been entered, from destinations as wide apart as Cairns, the Sunshine Coast and Longreach.
From the latter centre will come the brilliant Foreplay filly Playtime, which made good ground when running on late at her comeback run in Toowoomba almost a fortnight ago.
“She put on considerable condition while spelling after running in the Magic Millions in January. She should be all the better for the Toowoomba effort,” her Blackall owner Ralph Russell said.
An interesting nomination is the former John Manzelmann-trained talented but wayward youngster Rocket To Glory, which has bucked in its races in recent starts.
Manzelmann transferred Rocket To Glory to Sunshine Coast trainer Darryl Hansen when the former reduced his team.
The move has allowed Rocket To Glory more convenient access to barrier trails at Caloundra and nearby centres.
The Mary Hassam Bundaberg-trained Private Chat heads the list of top contenders for the $134,000 Capricornia Sales 2YO Classic (1200m), to be run at Callaghan Park on May 5.
Next-best in the qualified order of entry is Cairns-based trainer Fred Wieland's Sheza Dragon, which won at Callaghan Park, Rockhampton, last week.
Brisbane trainer David Murphy's Sweet Reward is third-best qualified, followed in order of qualification by Bonny The Viper (Garnett Taylor), Once Again Melady (Julie Green), and Ima Real Dude (John Pointon).
Nine barrier trials will be staged at Keppel Park, Yeppoon, racecourse today.
The trials clash with Townsville races, where a number of local jockeys will be riding.
“The trial fields should be declared sooner than the day before they are run, as it is very difficult to engage jockeys,” trainer Bob Sutton said. “There are so few based in Rockhampton now it is a real struggle getting an available jockey when you don't even know until the day before what heat you are in.
“Also, with so many of our jockeys riding in Townsville these days, it would make more sense to run the trials when they don't clash with Townsville.” Sutton was having difficulty getting a jockey to ride his youngster Surnona Rose in the fifth trial today.