Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Club Acts to Spare Horses from Heat

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Club Acts to Spare Horses from Heat

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Horse Racing

Tony McMahon

THE Rockhampton Jockey Club will activate its heat policy when racing hots up for a seven-race TAB card at Callaghan Park this afternoon.

In some respects, the timing of the races is akin to a "mini twilight zone" with the first race at 2.34pm and the last at 5.45pm.

The timetable and a number of other procedures are aimed at making the racing as comfortable as possible for the horses. "We have two ice wheelie bins in operation to cold spray the horses if required and a number of water receptacles spaced around the saddling-up stalls,'' RJC CEO Tony Fenlon said.

"As well there will be an extra vet on course to assess and, if necessary, treat any horses that trainers may be concerned about.

"Starters will spend minimal time parading pre-race and be sent to the barriers later than normal to minimise their time out on the track. As well we have cut back the interval time during the races to 30 minutes in some cases to attempt to get the meeting running with minimal delays and unnecessary time for the horses in the tie-up stalls."

Another benefit from the late finish is the likely hike in betting turnover as "working punters" delight in betting on races "after five". In July, when the Rockhampton Newmarket Handicap was delayed until twilight time there was a TAB record provincial turnover of $2.2 million.

Fenlon is delighted with the 12 acceptors for the $31,000 QTIS 2YO Mdn (1050m) this afternoon and said the quantity of runners could be partly attributed to the Capricornia Yearling Sales.

"The RJC has taken over the promotion of the CRA Rocky Sale and have big things planned for next April 2019 when it is scheduled. It plays a vital cog in supplying Rockhampton with horses," Fenlon said.

The Kevin Hansen-trained and Rowe and Ireland Racing's Casino Thoughts (David Hayes) will only have to repeat his winning run here two weeks ago to take out the opening race today, the Open Handicap (1050m). …

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