North West Queensland racing industry prepares for St Patrick's Day races

WARM UP: Mount Isa jockey Tamara Tincknell has a morning ride on Damgoodchoice in preparation for the Benchmark 60 Handicap on Saturday. Photo: Chris Burns.
WARM UP: Mount Isa jockey Tamara Tincknell has a morning ride on Damgoodchoice in preparation for the Benchmark 60 Handicap on Saturday. Photo: Chris Burns.

Steven Royes has three top chances at Buchanan Park on Saturday at the Race Club’s St Patrick’s Day meeting.

The trainer’s Craiglea Swift, ridden by Dan Ballard, burnt the bookies’ fingers when it won at the last meeting. 

The run will have improved the mare, and the 1000m of the Benchmark 50 will suit.

The very classy Golden Meteor, ridden by Tamara Tincknell, resumes for Royes in the 1100 metre Open Handicap.

Golden Meteor is a 5-year- old son of Northern Meteor. He has won eight of his last ten starts and is three for three at Buchanan Park.

Watch for any move for him in the betting ring. That will be the best pointer to the horse’s readiness to race.

Five O’Clock, who won convincingly for astute Richmond trainer Jim Jackson last meeting, is the logical danger, according to a well placed source in the local racing industry.

Oakfield Rebel represents the Royes’ stable in the 1200m Benchmark 60.

The heavily backed last start winner I’m Desperate Too, ridden by Aaron Spradau,  has had problems with this distance in the past.

Oakfield Rebel is sure to be finishing off well at each-way odds.

Another of Jim Jackson’s last start winners Smooth Element again raids from Richmond.

She will dash brilliantly over the 900m of the Benchmark 65, according to the industry source.

It is hard to imagine the Phillip Miller trained World of Pain turning the tables on Smooth Element from their last clash.

Not finding any green in the listed colours in the Maiden race means there is absolutely no way to find a selection in this race.

The Irish fascination with horse racing might explain the origins of the Australian love of the sport.

The Race Club is well prepared for the huge green party at Buchanan Park.

Jockey Tamara Tincknell is prepared for her second race meeting after the three month spell in racing. As typical in north west racing she will ride in all five of the scheduled races on Saturday.

“I have a few nice rides actually,” Tincknell said.

“One of them being Golden Meteor. But Five O’Clock is still going to be hard to beat.”