Rocky Mule out to impress

ARGUABLY  Rockhampton racing's most consistent galloper, the rather curiously named Mule Forty Six will be out to capitalise on his impressive second-up racing record when he starts in the Class 4 Handicap (1300m) at Callaghan Park races today. Mule Forty Six runs in the last of eight races on what is an excellent card of TAB races produced by the Rockhampton Jockey Club .

In recent weeks the RJC has experienced a real surge in the number of starters at its race meetings and today is no exception.

Curiously named but consistently performed, Mule Forty Six (br g 5, Tycoon Ruler-Regal Slippers) has raced on 29 occasions for four wins as well as 17 placings.

His Callaghan Park record is ultra impressive having started at the Rockhampton racecourse on 24 occasions for two wins and 15 placings.

Mule Forty Six is certainly a regular provider for his six owners, who include four ladies.

In all he has won $87,700 in prize money. On numerous occasions he has been narrowly beaten for first, so with any luck his prize money should have been over the $100k mark.

In his three previous racing preparations, Mule Forty Six has never been out of the prize money when he has stepped-out second-up from a break.

He indicated he would keep that record intact if not better it when first-up at Callaghan Park on December 8. Mule Forty Six was only 1.7 lengths away in fourth placing behind Canny Swim in a Class 5 (1100m).

In today's contest, Mule Forty Six also has the advantage of a favourable barrier draw at gate two as well as a weight drop by 1.5kg.

Mule Forty Six will be ridden by last season's leading apprentice jockey in Carly-Mae Pye.

She also has the pick ride earlier on the card in the form of the Darryl Gardiner trained Tedika in the Class3 (1050m).

Tedika will be first-up since September 15, but that factor is only likely to buoy punters in his corner.

That is because in four previous first-up runs back from a spell, Tedika has won on three occasions. Gold Coast jockey Tony Pattillo has some good rides today with Back to Win (Race 2) and Beautiful Timing (3) among his book. Beautiful Timing runs in the Open Handicap (1500m) which also heralds the Rockhampton return to racing of last year's RJC Horse Of The Year in Writer.

Racing commences at Callaghan Park at 12.24pm.

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