By Glenn Davis
Nanango trainer Glenn Richardson will be on a fact-finding mission when he sends debutante Brigalow Queen north for the Capricorn Yearling Sales Breeders Plate at Callaghan Park in Rockhampton on Friday.
Richardson rarely has starters in Rockhampton but has sent a team of three north including stablemates Klammer in the Open Handicap (1050m) and Murranji in the Benchmark 65 Handicap(1300m).
“I’ve only ever been to Rockhampton twice and had no luck with about four or five runners,” Richardson said.
“Primarily, I’m going up for Brigalow Queen as we hope to go back there next year with her for the Capricorn Yearling Sales Classic.”
Brigalow Queen was knocked down for only $10,000 at the Capricorn Yearling Sales and Richardson believes she’ll be competitive in her first assignment.
“I had her nominated for Toowoomba last week but there wasn’t enough acceptors and the race was abandoned,” Richardson said.
“I nominated her for the Gold Coast on Saturday and Rockhampton Friday but I thought it would be best to send her to Rocky to get some experience on the track.
“She’s only small and I plan to give her one run before tipping her out into the paddock.
‘She’s had a jump out over 650 metres at Toowoomba and went well finishing second to one of Ben Currie’s and he’s got a good opinion of his horse.
“She showed speed in the jump out so she should go forward and put herself in the race.”
Richardson has been training for eight years but is in his first year as a full-time trainer after leaving the South Burnett Regional Council where he worked as supervisor.
“I gave my job away about a year ago to concentrate on training fulltime,” he said.
“I was working from daylight to dark but I had to make a decision after I kept getting offered more horse to train.
“I now have around 18 horses in the stable.”
Richardson is also hopeful both Klammer and Murranji will be competitive.
Klammer is coming off a last start third to Rough Eddie at Dalby last Saturday while Murranji beat only two horses home in a Class Four at Toowoomba on October 15.
“Klammer is getting close to retirement and it’s hard to find suitable races for him,” Richardson said.
“There’s not many 1000-metre races in the country for him so he’ll probably go up with the others.
“I had the Battle Of The Bush in mind for Murranji last year but his form wasn’t up to it at the time.”
Racing Queensland webnews November 8