Rockhampton thoroughbred breeder Kerrod Smyth, quick of the mark with yearlings in 2020. -Article by Tony McMahon
January 30, 2020
In common with the yearlings that he sells, Rockhampton thoroughbred breeder Kerrod Smyth, the proprietor along with his wife Glenda of Laurel Glen, Alton Downs is “quick off the mark”.
That is especially so when it comes to promoting his product which in this case comprises two yearlings to be offered for sale at the Capricornia Yearling Sales in Rockhampton on Sunday, April 5.
The annual sales play an integral role in the Rockhampton Jockey Club’s three-day carnival featuring race days on Friday, April 3 and Saturday, April 4 when the rich 2 & 3YO CYS Classic races are staged at Callaghan Park racecourse.
With nominations for the CYS barely closed, Kerrod Smyth was rolling out his publicity machine yesterday WEDNESDAY promoting his yearlings which will be offered at the CYS.
Down through the years Kerrod has become a whizz in this role while a master breeder through the likes of grand stakes winning juvenile of his year in 2013 CYS Classic winner Mythologist.
This year Laurel Glen will offer two precocious yearling fillies by Sidestep and Spill The Beans who are both proven sires of classy winning juvenile racehorses.
Rockhampton Jockey Club CEO Tony Fenlon, who is heading the team convening and promoting the CYS said entries were strong and many studs from South-East Queensland and the Darling Downs had entered strong drafts of yearlings.
“Just to mention a few Oaklands, Raheen and Aquis are all bringing yearlings’’, Fenlon said.
Locally, racing this Saturday heads to Keppel Park, Yeppoon for the first race meeting to be conducted there for some months.
Yeppoon Turf Club president Gary Hall said yesterday WEDNESDAY that the turf track was “looking a picture” following the falls of 46ml of rain since last Friday.
“As of today (Wednesday) the track would be rated slow but the grass is lush and the track has picked-up magnificently following the long dry spell it has endured”, Hall said.
He said that Saturday’s meeting annually attracted a “comfortable crowd” and racegoers could be assured that the grounds and amenities would be to their liking.
Mackay trainer Olivia Cairns’ grand money-earner Stellar Knight heads the weights for the BM 65 (1200m) with 63.5kg which equates to ten stone under the imperial weights system
Cairns has a team of four horses entered for the Yeppoon meeting.
After the closure of extended entries for Keppel Park yesterday morning WEDNESDAY Racing Queensland handicappers weighted 52 horses for Saturday’s meeting.
Barrier trials and jump outs are scheduled for Keppel Park racecourse next Monday.
Racing heads to Emerald on Saturday, February 8 where the feature race will be the “On the Bit” Awards WFA Open Handicap (1100m) offering a purse of $10K.
The races precede the annual On The Bit Awards Night which has attracted the “who’s who” of racing in country Queensland and promises to be a magnificent evening in Emerald.
Guest personalities include the much in the news Peter Moody who is reported to be readying for a comeback to training as well as Andy Bichel, Brendan Parnell, Rupert McCall and Tony Clements.
The following day on Sunday, February 9, the Rockhampton Jockey Club will stage a TAB meeting at Callaghan Park racecourse.
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.