Calliope Gold Cup draws quality field
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
IF YOU are looking for something to do after a big Christmas day, think about heading out to Calliope on Boxing Day for the 2004 running of the Calliope Gold Cup.
The popular event has again drawing some quality race fields with 34 horses running in the five race program with total prize money of $22,000 on offer.
The feature race of the day has drawn a six-race field and appears to have plenty of chances.
Top weight Dune Buggy looks to be the favourite with seasoned jockey Craig Beets in the saddle.
Other main hopes appear to be Let's Go Raw with Rockhampton apprentice Chris McIver claiming three kilograms and bottomweight Seahawk Dancer which is trained by the canny Graham Rewald out at Taroom.
The chance to run on the turf track at Calliope has drawn some quality horses to the venue in the supporting race card.
Kaching Kaching looks to be one of the great hopes in the Race four Class B handicap.
He has been racing in good form of late, and with the apprentice Tracey Mathieson claiming two kilograms, he is rated very highly.
His main dangers will be the Kiwi horse Tolocin and topweight Harbord.
Last start Gladstone winner Zoomerang is another who has a big chance of success.
His run at Mackay was solid and with Mathieson riding he will perform well.
In the second race, it looks like a battle of three with the in-form Whitiora taking on former Mackay runner Lets Reconsider and the Victorian Moorabool Flyer.
There are plenty of chances in the maiden plate, which has attracted eight horses, but the two to watch out for are the Kevin Fisher-trained Nikk Too and Len Stubbings' hope Edmond.
Action starts from 1.30pm with the maiden plate the first race and the Gold Cup is on at 4pm.
Families are encouraged to attend the traditional country race day, with tickets available at the gate and plenty of entertainment on offer including fashions on the field.