Winter racing is here – Central Queensland Today

William Pike will be RJC’s special guest this year.

By Rockhampton Jockey Club CEO Ian Mill

Well the week has finally come folks and the Rockhampton Cup Carnival is upon us.

How rude of me, I should have first said hello out there readers.

Yes well after much planning, preparation and naturally a few tingles my first Newmarket – Rockhampton Cup as RJC CEO is beckoning.

As regular readers of this column would be aware, the time honored Rockhampton Winter Racing Carnival has been in full swing.

The club hosted two highly successful Tattersalls race meetings last Friday week and Sunday.

Now the majors await.

The $100,000 Latter Kennedy Rockhampton Newmarket races next Friday followed on Saturday by the running of the $150K BSB Scaffolding Rocky Cup meeting.

Entries for both gala days close on Monday and I am tipping they will be terrific.

Of course the club has planned many social activities to coincide with the races.

Such as the monster Rockhampton Cup Calcutta at the Rockhampton Leagues Club on Thursday.

For the racing connoisseurs among you this function is a must attend.

The one and only champion jockey in William Pike will be the guest of honor.

William Pike is the RJC’s guest jockey next Friday and Saturday and is being keenly sought after for rides.

His race riding record is nothing short of being astounding.

In fact it is almost unbelievable.

Pike just 36 has been riding in races since March 3, 2002.

Already he has ridden 2938 winners including a double at Randwick on Wednesday.

On my calculations that averages out to about 146 winners a year.

I doubt if any other jockey in Australia could match that.

So that just explains why at times William is described as being “as reliable as a bank”.

We at the Rockhampton Jockey Club are delighted to have him riding at Callaghan Park next week.

It is an appropriate time to remind everyone and especially the ladies about the Fashions on the Field on Cup Day, Saturday, July 9.

Yes of course next Saturday.

The Phil Peel Jewelers FOTF carries prizes valued at over $10,000.

That’s worth getting your Sunday best on for isn’t it?

There are a variety of categories to be in the running.

Just check out the RJC Callaghan Park Facebook or our sites for all the relevant details.

The RJC sponsored local trainers Winter Racing Carnival bonus contests is becoming quite intriguing.

After the two days of Tatts racing young trainers Nick Walsh and Tom Smith are leading their rivals.

Nick and Tom both have registered eight points with Graeme Green and Ricky Vale close-up with six points each.

The club has put up $7500 in cash with $4K for first and then $2500 for runner-up and $1000 for third.

It concludes at the end of the Rocky Cup races next Saturday.

Also thanks to the wonderful sponsorship of Great Northern, a huge $20,000 will be taken home by the trainer who gets the most points next Friday and Saturday.

It is a huge incentive for trainers all over the place to come racing at Callaghan Park.

The usual points scoring of 3-2-1 for first, second and third placings is applicable.

Let you in on a secret readers, I would love to see the money go off locally to a trainer.

Speaking of secrets, I didn’t let the cat out of the bag in last weeks column when I told you about a pending very big announcement about Callaghan Park.

It will happen and sooner than later I expect.

Always pleasing to see jockeys back in the saddle coming back successfully after injuries.

Well, Les Bubba Tilley highlighted that at Callaghan Park last weekend.

Bubba was sidelined for two months from March 3 to May 11.

Brisbane based he is a regular at RJC races.

He landed a treble last weekend here through the gallant Tatts Cup winner Master Jamie as well as winning on the Tom Smith pair of Better Rain and I am Clever.

Similarly our own local star Ash Butler returned to race riding at Townsville during the week and was straight back into the winners’ stall there.

Lovely to see.

Also very pleased for gentleman jockey Justin Stanley to win the $200,000 Battle Of The Bush in Brisbane last Saturday.

By all reports Justin’s good fortune rode with him at Townsville on Tuesday when he was very nearly dislodged during a race.

Much is happening readers so I best keep my head down and keep on working out here at Callaghan Park.

Finally, may I invite you all to come racing at Callaghan Park next Friday and Saturday?

I just did.

See you there, yours in racing Ian Mill.

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