Unknown address is at the door

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Address unknown celebrating a big victory last Friday. Photo: CQ / Matthew Harris caught in the act of photography.

By Ian Mill, CEO of the Rockhampton Jockey Club

Hello everyone, nice to talk to you again about racing.

Many readers have commented on how much they appreciate our Rockhampton Jockey Club Facebook page and I am delighted to hear that.

I cannot stress enough the benefit of reading the site regularly to keep up to date with the latest developments at Callaghan Park.

These of course include the club’s big promotion for the next two days of Christmas racing.

The first of these takes place on Saturday December 4th – yes that’s right, it’s a Saturday race date.

Kelly Suli and the team have already announced a number of specials for the day, so log on to the site and get the news and make your reservations.

Our annual Kids Family Day at the Park is coordinated with the TAB Race Day on Friday December 17th.

Many promotions are in the process of being finalized, with an emphasis on children’s enjoyment.

I will announce them in future columns, but since they say the early bird catches the worm, please log on to the RJC Facebook site.

The club still has a few dates available for the Christmas parties at Callaghan Park where every occasion is catered for.

So, you have the advice: go to the Facebook page or contact the club at 49.374000.

They say the only “certainty” in horse racing is its “uncertainty” and the results of our RJC race meeting at Callaghan Park last Friday certainly support this theory.

The favorites fell like dozens with just two – Ollie’s Stand ($ 2.00) and Address Unknown ($ 1.85) successfully arriving home on the nine-race card.

Speaking of Unknown Address, isn’t she skillfully named?

Address Unknown is a three year old filly sired by Dissident of Elusive City Return To Sender mare.

Mature readers (I think that’s a nice way to put it) will remember Elvis Presley’s hit song from 1962 called Return To Sender.

Elvis featured the song in his Girls movie, Girls Girls.

The words went like this:

I gave a letter to the postman.

He put it in his bag.

Early the next morning he returned my letter.

She wrote on it,

Return to sender.

Address unknown.

Anyway, Address Unknown trained by Jared Wehlow is a promising filly as she won class 1 (1200m) last Friday in an exciting way.

It followed a close second at Bluindi above par at Callaghan Park after a Yeppoon Maiden win.

I’ll give you good mail (excuse the pun) follow Address unknown.

Getting back to the subject of “certainty”, if ever a horse looked like it on November 5th, it was Mocial Chief trained by Kerrod Smyth ($ 1.30) in Class 6 (1200m).

Mocial Chief had won his previous two starts at Rockhampton for coach Kerrod Smyth up to six lengths, which is no wonder he started at odds, suggesting he was unbeatable.

Turns out it was while Peter Fleming coached Sizzlepel, the $ 10.00 underdog from the four-horse field beat him up with his nose.

So if ever someone gives you advice saying “such and such is a certainty” – no it’s not like in racing there is only one certainty and that is its uncertainty.

Sizzlepel has proven it without a doubt.

Incidentally, at the previous RJC TAB meeting on October 28, six of the seven favorites in the race won with the other race won by True Blu Tango at $ 3.60.

If the targets were numerically restricted for the two rounds of the 2-year-old Breeders Plate (1050m) last Friday, they were certainly not lacking in great interest.

Nanango coach Glenn Richardson and his wife jockey Hannah combined to win the $ 50.5,000 QTIS Fillies division with the racy Princess Marian ($ 3.10).

Daughter of the ever-conquering Better Than Ready stallion of Red Dazzler Miss Bam mare, she claimed a 3.75 length victory over the Olympic motto coached by Tom Button ($ 8.00).

The second place Olympic motto was sold for just $ 5,000 at the Capricornia Yearling Sales in Rockhampton last April and Connections earned $ 9,600 for its second place finish.

The well-bred daughter of sire Altius from Redoute’s Choice was bred and sold by Susan Peddle from Dululu where Altius is at stud.

The biggest tip that circled the day was the first runner formed by Graeme Green and the recent winner of the Bright and Ready test,

Fans of the $ 2.70 favorite were said to have been gutted when he gave in early in the race and were out of luck.

However, the fact that Bright and Ready regained her rhythm and managed to beat a runner at the post after losing many lengths suggests that she likely would have won only for her indiscretion.

The Quartermasters sent Bright and Ready to the Barrier Trials for redemption, but if you backed her last Friday, save again on her next departure.

Sunshine Coast coach and former Rocky mentor Tom Button atone by eliminating Breeders Plate foals and geldings.

Tom won with Cocobrew Express, a son of Spill The Beans, so he too has a strange name.

In fact, it is partly owned by Robin Adams of Rockhampton, who is part of the team that runs the Coco Brew business and soon another drive-thru that will be called Coco Brew Express.

It was a good training effort from Tom Button as Coco Brew Express (the horse) had finished third in Brisbane over 1200 meters six days earlier.

Button has an excellent record in the Breeders Plate as Coco Brew Express gave him his fourth Breeders victory.

Tom had previously won with Ruby Georgie (2017) and Miss Lot Won and Irish Ring Kicker in both divisions in 2019.

Button has 20 horses at work in his main stable in Caloundra and another 10 in Townsville.

Geographically, its stables are ideally placed to target races anywhere on the entire Queensland coast.

Another young coach is Clinton Taylor of Rockhampton.

Clinton got off to a good start to the new racing season, but things didn’t quite go as planned last Friday.

Note that the team scored an impressive victory with newcomer Dawson Diamond in the Dick Sullivan Memorial Maiden Handicap (1200m).

Dawson Diamond is the last born of the “Dawson” horse dynasty, being the father of Rich Enuff of the excellent producer mare Gold Coast Girl herself by Arena.

Like Gold Coast Girl, her daughter Dawson Diamond is ridden by her owners in the Callide Valley area of ​​Stuart Nobbs, Ron Byriel, John Howard and Clive Long, all passionate about racing.

Gold Coast Girl was coached one stage in her career by Matthew Tremble at Callaghan Park and the mare won the Rocky Tattersall’s Cup 2012 (1600m).

His other offspring, all run by his owners, were the good winners and second in the 2019 Queensland Oakes (2200m) at Dawson Diva.

Clinton Taylor also coaches Gold Coast Girl’s multiple winning daughter in Dawson Delight (x Real Saga) for Clive Long.

Anyway, let’s go back to last Friday and Clinton Taylor nearly scored a brace when his newcomer Big Jake (a first winner for the Gladstone team recently) was narrowly beaten by Aerial Combat ($ 21.00 ) in class 3 (1050m).

This winner was welcome luck for the John Wigginton team and it’s good to see.

Heroic Valor’s Taylor stable son gelding in Two Stone Lighter was disappointed to have finished last in his Breeder’s Plate run as a $ 1.90 favorite.

He is much better than that and he will undoubtedly improve on this effort.

Talk about racing again next Saturday so watch everyone and get lucky.


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