Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Little Mac Has a Big Appetite; Apprentice Turns in Treble for Boss at Callaghan Park

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Little Mac Has a Big Appetite; Apprentice Turns in Treble for Boss at Callaghan Park

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GO RACING

DARRYN NUFER

NOT too many jockeys would attempt to scoff down a bacon and egg burger with extra cheese plus a side of fries an hour before a race but it certainly worked for Matthew McGillivray at Callaghan Park on Thursday.

And no, little Mac didn't stop at the joint with the Big Macs on his way to the track, preferring instead to sample the Rockhampton Jockey Club's Members facility catering which is fast gaining a favourable reputation with racegoers.

The likeable apprentice must have been the envy of many of his fellow hoops as he topped off lunch with a winning treble for his boss Paul Butterworth courtesy of The Real Spiel ($1.30), Jetintoit ($4.30) and Wonder Boom ($1.60).

In fairness to McGillivray he did stop short of going "the whole hog".

"I ate half of it (lunch)," the 54kg lightweight McGillivray said with his cheeky grin mindful of the fact he had to ride at 57.5kg in the first race and not under 58kg for the remainder of the race card.

A little self-indulgence must have been the flavour of the day on Thursday as premier Rocky jockey Adrian Coome was seen tucking into a couple of camel pies at Birdsville before a busy two days of riding commitments there.

Coome will partner Fast Fella for Roma trainer Craig Smith in today's Birdsville Cup (1600m) which carries a prize purse of $35,000.

Back to Brisbane trainer Butterworth and his in-form stable could be worth following especially when they venture north.

Butterworth said he had a race at Callaghan Park picked out in the near future for his three-year-old filly She Salutes who ran third at Ipswich on Wednesday.

Blackbook it, punters.

Butterworth, who has 18 horses in work and another eight spelling, is no stranger to Rockhampton and is a fan of our Capricornia Yearling Sale held each April.

"I always get a nice horse out of the Rocky sale and the Poet's Voice (out of Vivante) colt I got here this year, he's a cracker," the Group 1 winning trainer said. …

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