A jockey heads out for early morning trackwork at the Gympie showgrounds.
A jockey heads out for early morning trackwork at the Gympie showgrounds. Craig Warhurst

Gympie trainers snap up yearlings

A TOTAL of 10 yearlings was purchased by Gympie stables at last week's QTIS 600 Yearling Sale at the Gold Coast with an outlay of about $50,000 for the youngsters.

The Wanless stable, which has a team of horses in training on the Gympie Racecourse, secured eight yearlings comprising two by Court Command, two by Break the Vault, and others by Hidden Dragon, Lucky Owners and Zaha.

Mr and Mrs Leigh Wanless outlaid $14,000 to secure a Zaha - Gudwill filly who is a full sister to their highly successful current two-year old filly, Tough Luck.

Tough Luck has won more than $250,000 in prizemoney this season from her four wins to date.

Gympie trainer Barry Gill acquired two fillies at the sale, one by Court Command and the other a daughter of Red Dazzler.

A Sequalo - Shalaal filly offered by breeder Greg Grainger was passed in at the sale for $22,000 with a reserve of $25,000.

Top price was $135,000 for a Murtajil - Gunalda colt knocked down to Pat Duff who trained classy galloper Gunalda.

As her name implied, Gunalda (by Rory's Jester) was raced by locally based owners Mr H. and Mrs E. Clarke winning two Brisbane two-year-old races and was Group placed.

Another of the top lots, sold for $100,000, was a half brother to the formerly Peter Fleming trained Citiwyse (by More Than Ready) who has just completed his first stud season standing at Craiglea Stud.

This yearling was sired by Bernadini out of the Group 3 winner, Citichy (by Citidancer) all of whose four foals to race have been winners.

Apart from Citiwyse, Citichy has produced Heart of the Citi a top-class Brisbane galloper who has won over $1 million on the track.

USA stallion, Bernidini (by A.P. Indy) won six in the USA including the time honoured Group 1, the Preakness Stakes.


$20,000 prizemoney lost

ASIDE from the major disappointment of last Saturday's abandoned Gympie races, racing participants are also big financial losers as a result.

The $20,000 prizemoney on offer for the day is lost to racing while jockeys miss out on their "payday".

A full book of rides would net jockeys around $700 while the 5% of prizemoney their mounts win adds a little cream to the day.

Owners, apart from missing out on prizemoney, have to pay transport expenses with horses coming from Gladstone, Gatton, Bundaberg, Coominya, Wondai and Caloundra.

Owners then have to find another suitable race for their horse which could mean another few weeks without racing.

Trainers also forgo their 10% of any prizemoney they may have won on the day.

Unhappily, with the current big wet, it seems likely more race meetings will be abandoned in the near future.

Currently Racing Qld does not allocate any replacement dates for washed out meetings so that prizemoney is lost.

Surely there is a case for some extra race days to be given to replace these abandoned meetings and distribute the lost prizemoney?


Hibernian Race

The Beaudesert Hibernian Race Club is staging its meeting at Kilcoy this Saturday with the Beaudesert track due to undergo an $8.2 million upgrade.

The Hibernian Cup is the feature race on the five event card - weather permitting.

It is a 2000m Class B and is an annual event.

The work at Beaudesert is expected to be completed by the end of this year.

It comprises the construction of a new course proper and sand track, the re-alignment of the present sand track, a new mounting yard, new public facilities, a grandstand upgrade, new tie-up stalls, stewards and jockey facilities and car park.

Training of the large number of horses in work in the area will continue during the re-construction.

On completion, some TAB race meetings will be conducted at Beaudesert.