Nicholas and Richie Mannion with Interview. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin
Nicholas and Richie Mannion with Interview. Photo Allan Reinikka / The Morning Bulletin Allan Reinikka

Rocky horses a chance at Eagle Farm

AFTERTHOUGHTS often turn out to be fortuitous and that is certainly in line with the thinking of Rockhampton trainers Nicholas Mannion and Tim Cook.

When nominations for a $45,000 IMW Handicap (1000m) at Eagle Farm in Brisbane on Saturday were extended after a poor response, both trainers took advantage to nominate their in-form sprinters Ten Seconds and Princely.

Ten Seconds, the recent winner of the Eric Railton Memorial (1050m) at Callaghan Park under 59kg has been allocated the second topweight of 57.5kg for the Brisbane race.

While last-start restricted class Mackay winner Princely has come up with the minimum of 54kg in Brisbane, he is assured of a start.

Cook has also accepted with Princely at Callaghan Park races in Rockhampton tomorrow.

Before the entries for the race were extended resulting in some better class late nominations, fellow Rockhampton trainer Raymond West had intended starting Say I Won't.

West had also accepted and declared Say I Won't a starter at Eagle Farm today in a BM 70 Handicap (1200m) with Jason Taylor booked to ride.

However, West who left for Brisbane with Say I Won't at noon yesterday is now in two minds about which race he will choose.

"He is drawn awkwardly on Wednesday and I'll run the gauntlet until near final scratching time at 7.30am and see if there are any scratchings that would bring him in a bit at the draw. Then I'll decide whether to run then, or in Saturday's race," West said.

The Rockhampton Jockey Club has again come up trumps with a first class off-season TAB race meeting at Callaghan Park tomorrow.

Some 94 horses have been declared runners, but the most pleasing aspect is the array of first-class visiting jockeys which lures off-course wagering confidence from punters who identify with them.

Ric McMahon, Brad Stewart, Justin Stanley, Anthony Allen and budding junior stars James Orman and Matthew McGillvray will compete with local stars Adrian Coome and Dale Evans.

Mackay Cup winner Baqaba - in training at Callaghan Park with Nathan Schofield - is entered for the $15,000 Open Handicap (1960m) at Townsville on Saturday.

Baqaba has been set for the $100,000 Townsville Cup (2100m) on Saturday, July 26.

Entries have been extended until 9am this morning for some of Saturday's Bluff races. Already 46 horses have been nominated with some entries from as far afield as Roma.

Meanwhile, the death of champion Irish raider Vintage Crop occurred from colic in Ireland this week.

Vintage Crop put the Melbourne Cup on the world stage when he flew in from Dermot Weld's stables at The Curragh in Ireland to win the 1993 running of the iconic event.



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