By Tony McMahon.
As Rockhampton racing gears for its record-breaking Capricornia Yearling Sale three days Carnival from Friday, April 12 until Sunday, April 14, piece by piece the plot is starting to thicken.
Callaghan Park racecourse will play host to two glamour TAB race meetings on Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13 preceding the Capricornia Yearling Sales on Sunday, April 14.
A whopping $500,000 in prize money will be distributed with Queensland racing’s richest race of the day on the Saturday being the $125,000 CYS 2YO Classic (1200m) which escalates to $143,000 for QTIS fillies.
On the Sunday, some 104 yearlings will be sold with the inclusion of a supplementary Lot 101, a Sidestep colt on behalf of Waylon J Stud, Wamuran adding a real boost to the catalogue.
If ever there was a case of perfect timing, the Waylon J colt is a classic example.
Just last Saturday week, the Darley owned aristocratic Exceed and Excel stallion Sidestep, who now stands at Telemon Thoroughbreds, just outside Beaudesert, sired Kiamichi the winner of the GR 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m).
At new home Telemon, his service fee has just been announced for the 2019 season at $22,000 and given that the CYS Sidestep is from four times winning New Zealand mare with Black Type status, his value should now be enhanced.
The stars were also aligned for the Visona Lodge, Goomboorian supplementary CYS Lot 100 which is a racy Spill The Beans-Visona Gold x Reenact colt.
The colt’s half-brother by Instinction named Bijalee finished a strong second in a TAB Maiden Handicap at Nowra on Sunday which can only enhance the Spill The Beans yearling’s value.
The colt is from the highly sought-after maternal line of the Tennessee family of “Jack; Vain; Morn and Midnight” as well as that of the dual GR 1 winning sprinter Malaguerra.
Given that 34 Spill The Beans yearlings sold at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale a fortnight back averaged $34K, Lot 100 should prove attractive buying.
From the breeding barn to the racetrack and yesterday it was announced that highly promising Whittington gelding Adamdeeant won’t be lining-up for the rich CYS 2YO Classic (1200m).
Adamdeeant was considered unlucky when narrowly beaten by another of the Whittington breed in Patches at Toowoomba last Wednesday and hopes were high for the Matt Kropp and Steve Little Dalby aspirant for the Classic.
Regrettably it was later diagnosed that Adamdeeant, a $22K CYS graduate from 2018, has a chip in his off fore knee.
“It’s bad luck but that is racing. He will undergo surgery for the removal of the chip but I wanted to get the message out that he won’t be coming so as connections of a few of the horses behind him in the qualifying table could know as it might help. Good luck to them,” owner Steve Little said.
Adamdeeant was sitting in round about 14th place on the qualifying chart which is headed by 11 individual race winners all declared starters at this stage.
Although Adamdeeant won’t be making the trip, his stablemate the Wicked Style-Emma Kate filly Whipped Cream, a $4000 steal from the Oaklands Stud draft last year, will be Rockhampton bound.
The promising filly will line-up in the $31,000 QTIS 2YO Maiden (1050m) a new addition to the CYS Carnival which is shaping as consolation to the 2YO Classic.
Matthew McGillivray will ride Whipped Cream in the same race that Tom Button now plans to start Poetic Pete.
Button said that no decision had been made as to whether his vastly improved The Tax Accountant would contest the $87K 3 & 4YO Classic (1300m) on April 13.
The Tax Accountant was a game third at Doomben on Saturday lifting his earnings to $124,050 and was considered the main danger to Marway in the older Classic.
“We are undecided at the minute. He is having a couple of days rest at Woodford as he was backing-up on Saturday. We will wait and see,” Button said.
Stablemate Gypsy Toff, temporarily with Paul Butterworth in Brisbane is a definite non-starter in the 3 & 4YO Classic and instead will start at Toowoomba on Saturday.
Another Oaklands Stud and Button trained CYS 2YO Classic contender, The Stockbroker, will run in a $31K 2YO Maiden (1200m) at Mackay on Friday as will yet another hopeful in the Fred Smith trained Arjaycee.
Highly promising Better Than Ready CYS graduate, the filly Nobody Better, a dual Mackay placegetter will start under new trainer Peter Fleming in a Callaghan Park barrier trial this morning.
So too will Lyle Rowe’s Bantu Bay who just might make the field for the CYS 2YO Classic (1200m).
Catalogues will also be available for collection from the Rockhampton Jockey Club office at Callaghan Park Racecourse.
Or you can contact the RJC office on (07) 4937 4000 to request a sale catalogue.