Conspiracy in with top chance
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
WHEN I was a kid, my dad told me once you find a good thing ? stick with it.
Well one of my good things is the classy locally-owned horse Conspiracy who lines up in the $8000 XXXX Open handicap (1500 metres) at Callaghan Park.
The son of Octagonal returned to form in magnificent fashion to win at Mackay on May 20.
He returns to his home track for this race which is by far the best on the eight-race TAB card in Rockhampton.
With jockey Mark Barnham in the saddle and carrying just 54 kilograms, there is little doubt Conspiracy is a big chance in this race.
The 1500 metre distance looks primed to suit the four-year-old who is expected to go straight to the front from barrier 11.
But saying that, there are a number of good horses who are going to make the race one to watch.
Caloundra galloper Awesome Edge is making his first visit to Rockhampton for a crack at the winter carnival and with more than $130,000 in prizemoney needs to be respected.
Top-weight Don't Mukaround has been racing honestly, while Regal Ascot is another good horse.
Other honest chances are the mercurial Cearnaigh who is very well-weighted, Darling Downs runner Mr Ballistic and Astroflash.
The race starts at 4.45pm.
Local connections will also be keeping an eye out if Classito gets a run in the B & J Car Sales Maiden handicap.
Currently an emergency, Classito has plenty of ability, while Lucy Timson has a couple of good rides, notably Lion Down and Built Like Clint.