Star apprentice takes three wins

STAR Rockhampton apprentice jockey Alisha Taylor rode three winners from the first four races at the Rockhampton Jockey Club’s (RJC) TAB meeting at Callaghan Park on the sand track yesterday which was dominated by female riders.

Taylor’s winners came from a variety of centres – Bundaberg; Warwick and Rockhampton.

She scored in the Class 5 (1000m) on former southern New South Wales Shrewdy gelding County Sherrif who made it two wins from as many starts since acquired by astute Bundaberg mentor Darryl Gardiner.

County Sherrif previously won on his home track on the sand on Boxing Day.

Taylor was popular with Warwick trainer Gary Popp who made the 723km haul from that Darling Downs centre with widely travelled Fire Hazard on whom she won the $10,000 Open Handicap (1100m) after a struggle with runner-up and favourite Columate.

At his previous start for Popp, the eight-year-old Fire Hazard had finished unplaced at Tamworth – some 1136km south of the place of his victory yesterday.

The third pin of Taylor’s treble aboard the Craig Howell trained Clang filly Malicious Gal came after the race, the Maiden Handicap (1150m), was put back 38 minutes.

This occurred after debutant Don Critch-prepared Our Money (Adrian Coome) sustained critical injuries in the barriers and had to be euthanised while Coome had ambulance attention for bruising.

“It was very hot over there at the start so we brought the horses back and had them vetted. Two, Miss Fontana and Penny Sterling, were subsequently scratched,” chief stipe John Hackett said.

Mackay hoop Trinity Bannon scored the upset of the day winning on trainer-jockey Mark Barnham’s Adventurous mare In Bold Fashion ($21.00).

Barnham has a rare dual licence but as such he is not permitted to ride at provincial meetings which has nothing to do with his level of competence as he had a highly successful career riding at the provincials.

Three kilograms claimer Carly–May Pye gave a dashing front-running display to win the $20,000 QTIS 3YO Handicap (1100m) on the John Pointon and Prue Howard trained Stromberg Carlson gelding Ima Cool Dude.

The couple retained Ima Cool Dude after rejecting a sizeable five-figure amount for him at the Ready To Run Magic Millions Sale in 2008.

Shayla Evans win on Hezaburraboy in the class 3 (1600m) completed a rare feat for Rockhampton races yesterday – female jockeys rode all seven winners.

Tony McMahon will have a detailed report on their winning ways in Friday’s Morning Bulletin.

  • The first set of barrier trials on the new turf track at Callaghan Park will be held tomorrow in readiness for the grand opening of racing there on Friday, January 29.

The RJC in conjunction with Queensland Racing Limited has a gala race program offering free admission to patrons for the historic opening of what looms as one of the best turf race surfaces in Australia.



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