Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Brook's Pleasure a Leading Contender; Weekend's Classic Odds Look Good

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Brook's Pleasure a Leading Contender; Weekend's Classic Odds Look Good

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Go Racing

Darryn Nufer

Rockhampton's richest race to be run at Callaghan Park next Saturday is shaping up as one of the most anticipated in memory.

There has been plenty written about one of the leading contenders, Jamie McConachy's Brook's Pleasure, and for good reason.

If she wins the 2018 Capricornia Yearling Sale 2YO Classic (1200m) she will earn $164,000 for her connections and that would be the biggest prize purse ever pocketed on a Rockhampton race.

Being a lot offered by one of Australia's emerging thoroughbred breeding operations in Aquis Farm at last year's sale, Brook's Pleasure would take the $100,000 bonus put up by Aquis if a yearling from their draft wins this year's 2YO Classic.

The great game that is racing never owes anyone anything but a Classic win would be fitting for McConachy.

In the days leading up to the 2014 Classic, McConachy suffered a devastating blow when his raging hot favourite Helarocity had to be withdrawn after suffering an injury.

Races aren't run on paper but that year's Classic certainly looked his for the taking.

I can remember phoning McConachy before the race in 2014 and while naturally disappointed, the trainer was more than willing to chat to me (racing media) about what had transpired.

Just as that was a credit to him then, let me share with you what McConachy had to say when I phoned him on Thursday to talk about this year's race.

"There has been more hype around this year's Classic than any other I can remember," McConachy said.

"That doesn't really surprise me because last year's (Capricornia Yearling Sale) catalogue was the best I've ever seen.

"Local trainers and buyers have got the main chances heading into the race and that's a credit to them for the work they did at the sale last year and the money they invested.

"If I don't win the race I hope Tommy (Button) does or one of the other local trainers does."

When you sit back and think about what is at stake for McConachy and his connections, that outlook on things spells volumes for the bloke's character and should be something we all aspire to.

While we never begrudge the powerful southern stables who often pick off our Carnival riches, we should share in the joy when "one of our own" is successful on the big stage. …

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