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Rocky poster girl makes her open company debut

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Rocky poster girl makes her open company debut

By Glenn Davis

Paradis Imperial, the poster girl of central Queensland racing, will make her open company debut at Callaghan Park in Rockhampton on Thursday.

And trainer Tony McMahon is confident the three-year-old filly can chalk up win number nine from 15 appearances in the 1100-metre dash.

Callaghan Park’s long 600-metre straight claims many scalps but “Esme”, as she’s affectionally known around the stables, has won four of her seven starts at the track.

McMahon rates Callaghan Park as one of the best tracks in the country.

“It’s the best track in Queensland as it gives all horses a chance,” he said.

“In fact, It’s one of the best in the country.”

McMahon can’t wait to see Paradis Imperial step up against the seasoned open graders after she was successful against her own age at Rockhampton on September 21.

Paradis Imperial, the reigning QTIS Horse Of The Year, received the minimum 54 kilograms, the lightest weight by one kilogram she’s carried in her career.

“At her last run she had 62kgs and she drops to 54kgs which is the lightest weight she’s ever carried,” McMahon said.

‘She’s won eight races so she’s in open company now and I think she’ll go really well.”

McMahon is planning a trip to Brisbane later this month with Paradis Imperial which is why he’s decided to take on open company sprinters for the first time.

“I want to take her to Brisbane for a QTIS three-year-old race on the 25th,” McMahon said.

“She’ such a gross doer she can’t afford a month between runs so she’s got to run this week.

“I expect a strong showing but I won’t be disappointed if she’s beaten.”

McMahon also was considering a Melbourne spring campaign with Paradis Imperial but he’s now shelved them in favour of next year’s autumn.

“I had a good look at the program in Melbourne for the spring but there wasn’t anything that really suited her,” he said.

“Instead, I’m looking at taking her to Sydney or Melbourne in the autumn.”

McMahon rates topweight Embrace The Pain, who will shoulder 60kgs, as the one to beat.

“Embrace The Pain is a very good horse and looks our biggest danger but my filly loves the track,” he said.

Embrace The Pain has won 10 of his 29 starts and was successful twice at Rockhampton before finishing last in a field of seven behind Mishani Sleuth at Doomben on September 9.

Racing Queensland webnews  October 11

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