Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

'Fly-In' Jockeys Dominate

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

'Fly-In' Jockeys Dominate

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Horse Racing

Tony McMahon

THE dependency on "fly-in" jockeys servicing Rockhampton TAB race meetings can be no better illustrated than by perusing the riding ranks at the bumper eight race TAB program at Callaghan Park today.

No fewer than 16 "fly-in" or outside Capricornia-based visiting jockeys dominate the riding ranks much to the relief of trainers that are so desperate to engage jockeys that they are doing so as far ahead as three weeks before race dates.

To emphasise the acute shortage of Rockhampton-based jockeys, only five, arguably the smallest number to service a Callaghan Park race meeting in 150 years of racing in the city, will reside in the jockeys' rooms tomorrow.

These are senior hoops - Mark Barnham, Pietro Romeo and Tasha Chambers - as well as the juniors Zoe White and Elyce Smith.

More concerning on a permanency point of view, thank goodness both Romeo and Chambers have only recently relocated to Rockhampton.

The situation, the worst I have seen during my 30 years training at Callaghan Park, has admittedly been exacerbated by Adrian Coome's retirement; Scott Sheargold and Quade Krogh moving from Rockhampton.

On top of that, gifted hoop Ashley Butler could be out for an extended period through some fall-related injuries while Nigel Seymour forfeited mounts after cutting his hand at his home.

Furthermore, Lachlan Dodds misses today through suspension but rides at Mackay tomorrow while Dale Evans is sidelined through a lengthy penalty imposition from stewards.

Hopefully, the talented Seymour will be back in action for next Saturday week's Girls Grammar Day races at Callaghan Park as visiting jockeys will be down appreciably through rides at Ipswich, Gold Coast, Kilcoy and Toowoomba.

Regardless, today punters will have the benefit of some of Queensland's most high-profile jockeys in action who rarely frequent Callaghan Park these days, including the Brisbane based Brad Pengelly, Ryan Wiggins and James Orman. …

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