By Glenn Davis
The Mareeba Marvel will be a fitting moniker if star north Queensland sprinter Tyzone is successful at Doomben on Saturday.
Tyzone arrived at his Sunshine Coast base on Thursday for his assignment in the Lunar New Year at Treasury Brisbane Open Handicap (1100m) following a 20-hour float trip.
Tyzone is trained by Roy Chillemi, an icon in north Queensland racing and has won a dozen premierships in Townsville.
The 68-year-old trains on a small property at Tolga just outside Mareeba in the Atherton Tablelands and Tyzone is the star of the stable.
Chillemi has won a host of north Queensland feature races including the Cleveland Bay and Newmarket Handicaps in Townsville and both Cairns and Cairns Amateur Cups.
Chillemi was amazed how well the four-year-old travelled after experiencing extreme temperatures in excess of 40 degrees on the trip south.
“It was extremely hot coming down and we broke the trip up into two days,” Chillemi said.
“He appears to have travelled well and he looked bright when I last had a look at him.”
Tyzone has won 11 of his 16 starts and is on his second trip to Brisbane.
Chillemi brought the son Written Tycoon to Brisbane 12 months ago and left him in the care of Eagle Farm trainer Lawrie Mayfield-Smith after finishing fourth in three-year-old company at Eagle Farm last February.
Under Mayfield-Smith, Tyzone started twice winning at Doomben on February 25 before returning home following a second at the Gold Coast last March.
Tyzone has been carrying big weights in north Queensland including a last start win with 59 kilograms at Cairns on January 23.
“We’re down here for six weeks and if I can get three runs out of him it’ll be good,” Chillemi said.
“He’s not a big horse but the weights back home are getting too much for him.
“I’ve spoken to the handicappers and they say he’d get 64kgs in open races back home and upwards from there if he keeps winning.”
Chillemi is unsure how Tyzone will perform if he clears him to start at Doomben.
“I don’t know how good the opposition is and I’m not sure if he’s up to this class,” Chillemi said.
But one thing Chillemi knows is that Tyzone will be suited by a massive weight drop to 54kgs.
Racing Queensland webnews February 16