In flashes of red silks, jockey Nathan Thomas and trainer Tom Button teamed up to claim victory in both feature races at the Rockhampton Jockey Club and St Peter’s School annual TAB race meeting.
The 4&5YO Handicap 1300m and the 3YO Guineas 1200m were exclusively for horses sold through the Capricorn Yearling Sales, and prize money for the two races totalled $225,000.
Flying Crackerjack led the whole way and held off a big finish by stablemate The Tax Accountant to win the 1300m Handicap.
In the 1200m Guineas it seemed winner Miss Lot Won was never in much doubt.
Even in the mounting yard the imposing chestnut filly looked ready fire. Jockey Nathan Thomas said the race went almost exactly to plan.
“We knew if we get a bit of cover early and follow the right horses, she’ll be hard to beat late,” he said.
“I followed the favourite (Natural Emperor) for most of the race. I got there (to the lead) probably a bit soon, a bit easy, but I couldn’t wait any longer.”
A large troupe of owners and connections from the Livanadream Racing syndicate were at Callaghan Park to celebrate the victory.
Trainer Tom Button, formerly of Rockhampton but now based on the Sunshine Coast, said it was pleasing to get results for the owners syndicate, with a stellar ride by Thomas.
“It’s been a great day for Nathan, I’m really really happy for him,” Button said.
“He’s been doing a heap of work for me at the stables, and to come up and ride both (Capricorn Yearling) Sales winners – hats off to him. He rode them both a treat.
“We’ve got some owners here from Bundaberg, some who are publicans – a bit of everything – and everyone’s very happy.”