RJC 'backing up' with cracker of a meeting
The Rockhampton Jockey Club (RJC) in racing parlance is "backing-up” for what looms as, to quote CEO Tony Fenlon a "cracker” TAB race meeting there tomorrow.
That description is apt as it heralds the commencement of the racing season for the babies (2YO) with divisions of the $42k Breeders Plate (1050m) for both sexes.
Indisputably, the fillies division of 13 youngsters is the superior field as it houses the John Zilkie stablemates Rose Clip and Royal Myth.
The Sunshine Coast trainer has engaged senior jockey Ryan Plumb (Rose Clip) and Zoe White (Royal Myth) who are drawn well at barriers 1 and 5.
Royal Myth (b f 2 Golden Archer-Slice of Royalty x Johannesburg) will start one of the shortest-priced favourites on the seven-race Callaghan Park card.
That's a racing certainty given that the filly has been placed at both her Brisbane starts in strong juvenile company.
Furthermore, Zoe White's engagement means Royal Myth will carry just 53.5kg which is three kilograms less than most of her 12 rivals, which are mainly unraced.
Also, Stan Johnston will start Craiglea Airlie who was narrowly beaten on debut in the Pallarenda Stakes (1000m) at her only start at Townsville.
Interestingly, the Rocky stable jockey for the Johnston camp, Adrian Coome has been declared as the rider for unraced stablemate Craiglea Moneta.
That in itself is a strong pointer for that filly.
Coome's other rides tomorrow are Pulsar (Race 2 - TAB 5); Endeavour Bay (R 3 - 5); The Bank Manager (R 4 - TAB 12); Princely (R 6- 5) and Cheeky Red (R 7 - 4).
After the Breeders Plate meeting Coome will commence an eight days suspension instigated over a careless riding incident at the Melbourne Cup Day races in Rockhampton on Tuesday.
Unless there is a 'smokey' (unknown quantity) in the Breeders Plate for colts and gelding, the Tom Button trained Sidereus youngster from Special Deposit named The Bank Manager has the race at his mercy on trial form.
The Bank Manager's dangers loom as the Gary Fisher trained Justalad and Matthew Tremble's Bauhinia Storm which is also sired by Oaklands Stud based Sidereus.
Apprentice Zoe White was a busy young lady on Tuesday when she enjoyed multiple successes at two race meetings that day.
At the morning races at Gladstone she won on Denis Schultz trained That Pretty Girl as well as the Darryl Gardiner prepared Humanise.
Then after a drive back to Callaghan Park, Zoe won on Christopher Maxfield trained Dipped In Gold ($7.00) and Tom Button's Edge Away ($3.00).
It was indeed a rare achievement and one White will cherish.
Meanwhile, the RJC's Fenlon said a crowd of 1500 attended Tuesday's Melbourne Cup Day races at Callaghan Park.
It wasn't a happy day for Sunshine Coast jockey David Hayes, however, or for that matter Yeppoon trainer Allan Jenkinson and connections of Ninette Khan, as the favourite for the BM 65 (1050m) broke down.
Hayes was taken to Rockhampton Hospital for scans before later being discharged.
Dedicated senior apprentice Darren Evans was back in the Rockhampton winners' circle when Stephen Rundle's Capricornia Yearling Sale purchase Rockchesta ($7.00) won Tuesday's Class 2 (1500m).
And Rockhampton medico and former RJC chairman Dr Peter Dunbar had something to celebrate after the Peter and Paul Snowden trained Flippant won at Flemington on Cup Day.
Raced with nine others, some with CQ ties Flippant (Blake Shinn, $21.00) won the $101,500 LR Security Sprint (1200m).
Purchased for $220,000 at the 2014 MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Flippant has now won $416,960 in stakes.