Strong CQ contingent for Brisbane

RACING: Central Queensland punters are likely to have a sizeable contingent of horses to follow during the Festive Season of racing in Brisbane next week.

The star performer will be outstanding juvenile Mundi Gully, who will gallop one step closer to a start in the $2 million Magic Millions Classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on January 9 after contesting the $150,000 Racetree B J McLachlan Stakes (1200m) at Doomben on December 26.

Rockhampton trainer Julie Green is dispatching Mundi Gully to Brisbane from her stables tomorrow.

Jockey Dennis Whitmore, who combines race day riding with a building industry position in Central Queensland, has been assured of the treasured ride on Mundi Gully both at Doomben and the Gold Coast.

“I am loyal to my jockeys and Dennis has been with him (Mundi Gully) all the time. He is a headstrong horse and Dennis is a fine horseman,” part-owner Ron White said.

Rockhampton trainer Lyle Rowe has earmarked a Brisbane start for in-form Red Story, who is more than likely to race in a $45,000 NMW (1350m) at Doomben next Saturday.

That race has also been mentioned as the likely target for the Ricky Vale trained Proscenium Arch.

Trainer Clinton Garland is waiting for December 28 at Eagle Farm for the next start for his talented sprinter Gobou, who was a game third behind Drenalin in the Country Cup (1200m) there on November 28.

“That was his first Brisbane run and he felt the heat. I feel he will be far better suited this time around,” Garland said yesterday.

Gobou is to run in a $50,000 NMW Handicap (1200m) and Garland plans to head south late on Christmas evening.

No jockey has yet been engaged to ride.

“The trip down last time took a bit out of him, but he should be better for the experience,” Garland said.

Strong fields have been declared for the Mackay Turf Club’s TAB card on Tuesday where the Darryl Hansen trained Sweed will be chasing three consecutive wins when he contests the Class 4 (1500m).

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