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Rockhampton Racing Excitement: Jockeys, Juveniles, and High Stakes

Rockhampton Racing Excitement: Jockeys, Juveniles, and High Stakes
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Heading into the second half of the racing season in Rockhampton, the Jockeys Premiership is shaping up to be a gripping contest, with seasoned rider Justin Stanley holding a slim lead.

With 17 wins under his belt, Stanley edges out three-time reigning premier Ryan Wiggins, setting the stage for an enthralling battle.

Jockeys Duel at Callaghan Park

Tuesday’s Callaghan Park meeting showcased the talents of both Stanley and Wiggins, each securing victories in their respective races.

Stanley’s triumph on Leigh Wanless-trained “That’s Interesting” in the Capricornia Yearling Sale 2YO Maiden solidified his lead.

Wanless’s Astute Acquisition

Leigh Wanless, known in Rockhampton’s horse racing circles, made a noteworthy purchase at the 2023 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Acquiring the Cosmic Force juvenile filly “That’s Interesting” for $30,000, Wanless is proving his keen eye as the filly approaches repaying her purchase price with a win and a third from just two starts.

Wiggins’ Winning Streak

Racing sensation Ryan Wiggins dubbed a “race-winning machine,” displayed his prowess by piloting three winners at Ladbroke Park, Cairns, the day before the Callaghan Park races.

“Just Super,” acquired from the Capricornia Yearling Sale, has become a poster horse for the Rockhampton racing scene.

Trainer’s Triumphs

Local trainers, including Nick Walsh and Jason Morgan, are making their mark.

Walsh’s strategic placement of “Just Super” has resulted in six wins, showcasing the success of Rockhampton’s Capricornia Yearling Sale.¬†

Meanwhile, Morgan’s newcomer, “Doubting Eye,” clinched victory in the QTIS Maiden, reflecting the trainer’s knack for finding tried-and-tested talent.

Local Doubles and Filly Legacy

Local talents Kevin Miller and apprentice jockey Brooke Johnson achieved winning doubles, with Miller’s mare, “Nouverre Fille,” securing a hard-fought victory.

The racing community also witnessed an emotional moment as Jennifer Acton, in partnership with Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan, acquired an I Am Invincible filly with a profound racing legacy, continuing the Acton family’s passion for the sport.

Racing Returns to Callaghan Park

As the Rockhampton racing season progresses, the competition intensifies, showcasing the skill and dedication of local jockeys, trainers, and owners.

The excitement continues at Callaghan Park with midweek TAB meetings scheduled for January 16 and January 25, promising more thrilling moments for racing enthusiasts.