Young jockey Matthew McGillivray is quickly making a name for himself in the local racing scene.
Young jockey Matthew McGillivray is quickly making a name for himself in the local racing scene. Sharyn O'Neill

The Girls In Paris leads way in bid for Capricornia riches

JIM Rundle's Wicked Style filly The Girls In Paris qualified for a start in Rockhampton's first juvenile race for the season with a stylish win at Yeppoon qualifying trials yesterday.

Ridden by Mark Barnham, The Girls In Paris lowered the boom on Vic Vagg's Sonador Rose (Carly-Mae Pye), beating it by 1.3 lengths over the 900-metre course in slowest time of 55.16 seconds.

Rundle paid $7000 for The Girls In Paris at the Capricornia Sales in April this year.

The time-honoured curtain-raiser for youngsters, the $32,000 Breeders Plate is scheduled for Callaghan Park, Rockhampton, on Friday, October 24.

Only five juveniles contested the only heat scheduled, with most trainers preferring to wait for the better option of qualifying trials at Callaghan Park on October 13.

However, nine two-year-olds made the demanding trip to unfamiliar surrounds at Keppel Park yesterday for two jump-outs.

Both these dashes of 430 metres were won by horses from the newly formed training partnership of Michael and Christine Dore.

Their Capricornia Sales purchase, the $10,500 Exceedingly Good gelding I Exceed (Dale Evans) looked every bit a precocious winner running a smart 25.60 seconds.

Earlier, Barnham rode the couple's $20,000 Magic Millions Hidden Dragon gelding Hidden Thunder to a win over the 430-metre sprint in 27.70 seconds.

The highly successful jockey John Lait on the comeback trial bobbed up at Yeppoon riding at the jump outs and trials.

Lait, formerly of Toowoomba, is currently based with the training brothers Wayne and Ross Meek at Emerald.

Central Queensland has acquired another new jockeying face in Springsure-based James Geppert, who has relocated from New South Wales to ride for Gary Teal.

Teal is well known in Central Queensland where in recent years he has won, among other races, a Gladstone Cup.

Roma apprentice Matthew McGillivray went within a length of riding the program of five winners the Taroom Cup meeting on Sunday.

McGillivray, admonished by stewards for a demonstrating a lack of judgment when beaten on fourth place Cumani at Callaghan Park last Friday, now leads the Queensland jockey's premiership on 25 winners.

It is a remarkable an achievement for a teenager in only his second season of race riding.

McGillivray will be in action at the RJC's excellent eight-race card at Callaghan Park on Friday.

The meeting is the first since the introduction of race prize money being raised from $10,000 to $13,000 per race.

Trainers have given the move the tick of approval entering 118 horses, with 11 race nominations for the MB65 (1500m) being the smallest entry.

After Friday, Callaghan Park has a 15-day layoff from racing until October 18.



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