Double delight at Callaghan Park
WHILE the weather might be cooling down, the racing is hotting up at Rockhampton's Callaghan Park racecourse, where this month brings the time-honoured Winter Racing Carnival.
Visiting southern trainers have already been wintering their horses in Rockhampton for almost month now and they are enjoying the spoils of their decision to head north and take in the magnificent weather, appreciated by humans and horses alike.
With six winning notches already in his visitor's belt, Eagle Farm trainer Matthew Tremble of Brisbane looks likely to increase that score with two more winners today at Callaghan Park's TAB race meeting.
Tremble and stable jockey Justin Stanley will saddle favourites and likely winners Pegunny Warrior (Race 4, Class 4, 1400m) and Spurs'n'All (6, Maiden, 1050m).
Stanley, riding with all his old confidence and astuteness, also has a grand chance of winning the Newmarket Handicap June 23 Open Handicap (1400m) with Joshua Jones's Grafton visitor Peaceful Belle.
Jones, a recently retired skilful young jockey, has struck pay dirt as a trainer quickly with Peaceful Belle, which has won at her only two Rockhampton appearances.
While the task at hand today looks tougher, Peaceful Belle should not be underestimated.
The race is the highlight of the seven-race card because it contains the ultra-consistent Writer, as well as Otto's Delight.
David Stafford's Writer is ascending the weights, carrying 57.5kg today, so it will be testimony to the little horse's courage if he can beat such strong rivals.
It will be a case of all hands on board for young Rockhampton trainer Jason Brown, who will have three starters in the Open – stable favourite Tantat Secret (Brad Stewart), Easy Cash (Chris Whitely), and Sky Devil (Ashley Butler).
“Really, I'm just feeling my way with Easy Chat and Sky Devil,” Brown said.
“Easy Chat is certainly good enough to win, as he has been runner-up in two Saturday races in Adelaide.
“If he is to be a chance in the upcoming Tatt's Cup he should show something in this race.”
Brown gives his runner Noble Lustre a good winning prospect in the second race this afternoon.