Carley-Mae Pye riding Touch n Go to a win in the Bacardi Oakheart handicap over 1100M at Callaghan Park. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin
Carley-Mae Pye riding Touch n Go to a win in the Bacardi Oakheart handicap over 1100M at Callaghan Park. Photo: Chris Ison / The Morning Bulletin Chris Ison

Three-year-olds to fight it out again at Callaghan Park

A SHOWDOWN looms at Rockhampton's Callaghan Park races on Saturday between in form three-year-olds Mythologist, Nude Secrets and Touch'n'Go.

The trio fought out the finish of a $22,000 QTIS 3YO Handicap (1100m) at Callaghan Park on May 1 and it's on the cards they may do likewise again on Saturday.

For the record, Touch'n'Go led throughout on May 1, holding off the Nathan Schofield Brisbane trained visitor, Nude Secrets, which was resuming from a break.

Burdened under 63.5kg, Mythologist was outpaced but fought on gamely for third.

Winning trainer Kabra's Bob Sutton admits the contest this weekend will be a much more difficult race for his brilliant speedster Touch'n'Go.

"He just gets out and runs and that's all he wants to do in his races so there is no point attempting to hold him back," Sutton said.

"His mother, Call The Roll, who I trained to win a number of races, struggled at anything past 1000 metres.

"Actually, I was quite surprised he fought on so strongly at the 1100 metres last start."

At his previous appearance on April 12, Touch'n'Go, which is a mountain of a horse, defeated subsequent Callaghan Park winner Say I Won't easily over 1050 metres.

Sutton believes the 1200 metres of Saturday's race will be a real litmus test for Touch'n'Go.

Nathan Schofield, however, has no such doubts about Nude Secret's capabilities at the 1200 metre journey.

Quite simply, Nude Secrets has been placed at Doomben over that trip behind Agitate.

Last Saturday at Doomben the form was certainly franked when Agitate won the Mick Dittman Plate (1110m).

Schofield was pleased with Nude Secret's determined effort when beaten just a half-length by Touch'n'Go on May 1.

"That was his first run for six weeks and he moved up to win at the 200 metres," Schofield said post race.

"He should take a lot out of run. He's only small but he tries very hard."

Lyle Rowe trained Mythologist is not only the biggest prizemoney earner of his age in training in Rockhampton but he is also the most difficult to place.

That's because the $214,800 "kitty" alongside his name has ensured that he is right up there where it hurts in the weight category.

Mythologist lumped 63.5kg last start and it seems assured he will be handicapped close to that mark again.

"He is just so hard to place," Rowe said. "He is not up to the good three-year-olds in Brisbane so I can't take him there.

"All I can do is put him down against his own age in Rocky.

"It is very hard because he gets so much weight."

Saturday's meeting at Callaghan Park, promoted as the Rockhampton Grammar School race day, has attracted 86 nominations.



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