ALL CLASS: David Stafford with Writer, expected to run well in the first race.
ALL CLASS: David Stafford with Writer, expected to run well in the first race. ALLAN REINIKKA AR--

Newmarket brings huge nominations

TO  say that the Rockhampton Jockey Club has an embarrassment of riches on its books due to the nomination of 207 horses for next Thursday’s rich Rockhampton Newmarket Race Day is far from an understatement.

Entries have come through from the three eastern states of Australia, highlighting the status that the Rockhampton Winter Carnival has attained.

The $75,000 Rockhampton XXXX Gold Newmarket Handicap (1300m) has attracted 28 entries including Drenalin and Baqaba, both likely starters in today’s Eye Liner Stakes (1200m) at Ipswich.

As expected that list includes a bevy of outside galloping talent while the top Capricornians in Gobou, Red Story, Tantat Secret and Classy Crystal have been paid-up for the feature.

The RJC Chief Executive, Denis Cox, said he was not surprised by the sheer volume of entries.

“The list is a sign of the strong development of what has been happening over the last month. The strong noms have turned up,” Cox said.

He said Newmarket entrants would be permitted to gallop on the grass course proper at Callaghan Park this morning.

“As well the Newmarket horses have the option of galloping on the grass on Tuesday morning along with entries for the Rockhampton Cup and the $150,000 QTIS race for the two-years-old horses,” Cox said.

Cox is expecting that entries for next Saturday’s TAB card at Callaghan Park, featuring the Rockhampton Cup, will also be of considerable volume when they close on Monday.

Meanwhile, young Rockhampton trainer David Stafford is hopeful his stable star, Writer, can script his fourth successive win at Callaghan Park today in the $15,000 John Maxwell Memorial Rising Star Stakes (1200m).

Writer’s prospects have been much enhanced by the surprise scratching of Toowoomba galloper Ulmarra who was the top weight for the race.

Today’s six-event card on Rockhampton Girl’s Grammar School Race Day is expected to provide some of the best betting at the track all season.

The racing program commences at 1.08pm.



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