Rowe leads Central Qld contingent
Premier Rockhampton trainer Lyle Rowe will spearhead a large contingent of Central Queenslanders at the Gold Coast for the Magic Millions racing and sales carnival this weekend.
Rowe left for the Gold Coast yesterday where he was to attend the third session of the Magic Millions Yearling Sale.
The sale continues tonight and tomorrow adjacent to the Gold Coast Turf Club’s racing precinct at Bundall.
Rowe has put together the best team of young horses in Central Queensland and his policy of purchasing well-bred yearlings at the sales is paying huge rewards.
He is a fervent disciple of Queensland Racing Limited’s QTIS 600 bonus scheme which, since its implementation last year, has boosted confidence in the future of regional racing.
Under the scheme, Rockhampton winners of QTIS 600 races are assured of winning prize money in excess of $20,000.
QTIS 600 allows for an extra $16.845 millions in prizemoney throughout Queensland.
Rowe’s Gold Coast mission has dual purposes as he will start his consistent Monashee Mountain (USA) gelding Canny Climb in the $82,000 MM Country Cup (1400m).
The race is the last on the mammoth 10-race Gold Coast card.
Premier Rockhampton jockey Luke Dillon has taken the ride on Canny Climb, who is a realistic chance despite his top weight impost of 58kg.
All Central Queensland eyes will focus on Rockhampton’s Mundi Gully in today’s $2 million MM Classic (1200m) run at 3.40pm.