Two runners make triumphant returns from injury
Race horse owners and trainers can be a patient mob and that was on display at Callaghan Park during the week where there were a couple of good injury comeback stories.
Lyle Rowe's three-year-old gelding Overload, owned by Rowe's wife Trisha, won his maiden at start number six.
It was a successful return to the race track for the son of Outback Prince who had spent seven months in the paddock after having bone chips removed from both knees.
While fellow Rockhampton trainer Clinton Thompson continued his recent form run when Court Lane took out a Benchmark 60 Handicap (1050m) - the five-year-old mare's second win at her past three outings.
Court Lane had previously overcome a tendon injury.
"It was a pretty bad injury and the vet said she wouldn't race again,” Thompson said.
Thompson, who runs the popular Causeway Lake Kiosk at Yeppoon, proudly displays some of the "trophy” wine bottles from recent Rockhampton race wins behind the front counter at the store.
And cop a tip punters, the fish and chips served up at the Causeway Lake Kiosk are a hot favourite to be the best in the region.
Last season's premiership-winning Rockhampton jockey Ashley Butler is considering a move to Singapore.
Butler, who has battled weight and health-related issues in recent times, has received a lucrative job offer as a trackwork rider in Singapore but says he will continue to be based in Rockhampton at least until he gets married in July.
The 24-year-old had a stellar 2015/16 season riding 34 winners which included a remarkable six consecutive victories at Callaghan Park from his rides across three race meetings.
While on the subject of jockeys, the recent form run of Rockhampton hoops Scott Sheargold and Zoe White at Callaghan Park is quite remarkable.
At the last two TAB meetings the pair has ridden 11 of the 14 race winners.
Sheargold has seven of those victories to his name from 12 mounts (58% win strike rate) while White was successful on four of her 14 runners.
Punters will be keeping a close eye on their engagements at Callaghan Park on Tuesday.
Rockhampton trainer Lyle Rowe will be hoping the newest acquisition to his stable, five-year-old gelding Munster (Freeze - Muso), can run as fast as his rugby league namesake from the Melbourne Storm.
Storm fullback Cameron Munster has a large Central Queensland following being a local league product and the former Barry Baldwin-trained galloper may create some interest purely on his name alone.
Rockhampton gallopers Green Empire (Tom Button) and The Thomas Affair (Fred Smith) are entered in a $14,000 Ratings Band 0-75 Handicap (1400m) at the Sunshine Coast tomorrow.
The Rockhampton Jockey Club still has places available in its "Steak And Red” afternoon on Tuesday.
It is the first in a series of themed luncheons the RJC will hold on its Tuesday race days and patrons who take up the offer will enjoy a special steak and beverage package from 12.30pm to 4.30pm.
For more details contact the RJC on 4937 4000.
Fans of The Rockhampton Rocket, Our Boy Malachi, shouldn't miss the opportunity to win "The Ultimate Our Boy Malachi Experience” at the Callaghan Park races on Saturday, December 10.
The RJC is giving four lucky people a fantastic prize which includes a photo of yourself and Our Boy Malachi on a souvenir wine bottle, an Our Boy Malachi souvenir cap, a trip to the barriers before a race, a visit to the broadcast box during a race, as well as food and drink vouchers to be used on Malachi's farewell day.
Keep an eye on the RJC's Facebook page for competition details.