Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Big Fields Mean Hot Competition

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Big Fields Mean Hot Competition

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HORSE RACING

TONY McMAHON

BIG fields will be the order of the day when the Rockhampton Jockey Club goes TAB racing at Callaghan Park this afternoon.

Although there are only six events on the program, the smallest field contains 11 runners, assuring there will be ultra-competitive racing.

Former resident premier Rockhampton trainer Garnett Taylor, who has a winning strike rate at Callaghan Park second to none, will make the 562km haul north from Caloundra with two horses.

They are the Central Queensland-owned Dawson Diva (b f 2 Falvelon-Gold Coast Girl) in the QTIS 2YO Fillies Maiden (1100m) and the aptly named Long Drive (br g 3 Sequalo-Golf Circuit) in the QTIS 3YO Maiden (1300m).

Both have trialled well at Caloundra's Corbould Park in the lead-up to their debuts this afternoon.

It is a formula that Taylor has used successfully on numerous visits to Callaghan Park in recent years and punters can expect both horses to perform very strongly.

The race that Taylor has targeted for Dawson Diva includes a number of promising youngsters.

John Wigginton's Albretch filly Diamond Account raced well on debut when third, albeit by 7.35 lengths, behind boom youngster Brook's Pleasure.

In that same race the in-form Mackay trainer Olivia Cairns produced an up and comer in the Instinction filly Edith Margaret, who finished second narrowly in advance of Diamond Account.

As there are no "Brook's Pleasure's" in today's race both can be expected to go close to winning.

Tom Button's Oaklands Stud-bred Toorak Toff filly Gypsy Toff also will make her debut in this race.

Then there is Jim Rundle's Wattle Brae Stud-bred Mahisara filly Saqsaywaman, who trialled and raced well at her only appearances late last year.

It all makes for a very exciting race which no doubt will throw more light on the rich $116,000 Capricornia 2YO Classic (1200m) at Callaghan Park early next month. …

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