Rocky's Mundi Gully is ready
BOOM Rockhampton juvenile Mundi Gully will make an audacious attack on debut in the $110,000 QTIS Added 2YO (1000m) at Eagle Farm in Brisbane tomorrow.
Trained by Julie Green, the Ron and Bev White owned Mundi Gully has set the benchmark for Rockhampton's budding young racers for some weeks now and his winning effort in a Yeppoon 2YO Trial (450m) last Tuesday was outstanding.
Mundi Gully (b c Shamardal (USA)-Jackie x Last Tycoon) scored easily from Jim Rundle's Paint The Wind and clocked the sensational time for the fractional distance of 24.24 seconds.
The trial win delighted stable foreman Graeme Green who has made his intentions known for sometime that Mundi Gully was Brisbane material.
Julie Green has shown her loyalty and confidence in Rockhampton jockey Dennis Whitmore in engaging him tomorrow and thereby giving him a rare opportunity in Brisbane.
Mundi Gully has drawn ideally at barrier four in the 1000 metres dash in which tractability and speed will play a huge part.
Ron White paid $32,500 for Mundi Gully, a grand son of McDougall Stakes winner Excitable Lady, at this year's Magic Millions Yearling Sales.
Subsequently, his Giant's Causeway sire Shamardal, a champion European 2YO of his year, has become a dynamic sire producing among others, Ring For Wilson and Jigsaws who quinellaed the Breeders Pate at Randwick last Saturday.
The Whites raced some top youngsters over the years in Rockhampton, including Bamako who, like so many others of their horses, was prepared by Clem Jackson prior to his retirement.
Currently the Whites have a number of horses in training with Pat Camilleri while Green also prepares for them, the Conatus 2YO trial winner Rytarga.
The Greens will also start smart sprinter Messiah in the 1MW-LY Handicap (1400m) at Eagle Farm.
Proven Rockhampton owned Encores juvenile of last season Arcup, is also listed to start at Eagle Farm in the $80,000 3YO Handicap (1400m).
In what promises to be an interesting day for Central Queensland race followers, Baralaba owned Bel Esprit filly Alsprit is due to resume racing under the banner of Bevan and Richard Laming in a 900 metres 3YO scamper at the Gold Coast.
After Rocky trainer Tom Bourke produced Alsprit for a record breaking 11.5 lengths Callaghan Park win on March 3, she finished second to Arcup in the $120,000 Capricorn Classic (1200m) on April 4.
Following subsequent leg surgery, Alsprit was transferred to the Lamings at Jacobs Well so as to be made readily available for a Brisbane campaign.
Closer to home, the Emerald Jockey Club has come up trumps with first class fields all round for the “100” and Newmarket meeting at Pioneer Park racecourse tomorrow.
Mackay's Darryl Hansen, who incidentally will start gifted Onalar at Eagle Farm, has engaged Ashley Butler for a two kilograms weight reduction on topweight Role Of Ned in the $15,000 “100” (1850m).
Clermont's champ Wharton Willie (William Bell) drew the coveted rails barrier for the Newmarket (1200m) which has boosted the confidence of trainer Jenny Bell.