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Go Getaboy on track for North Queensland winter

15 April 2024

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The Roy Chillemi stable and connections celebrate a Cairns victory.

By Glenn Davis

Trainer Roy Chillemi is hopeful promising four-year-old Go Getaboy can overcome a distance hoodoo when he clashes with stable mate Mystery ‘N’ Magic at Cairns on Tuesday.

Statistics may not be in Go Getaboy’s favour but Chillemi has no doubt which is the better horse when the pair tackle the Open Handicap over 1400 metres.

“Go Getaboy is the better horse and his record shows it,” Chillemi said.

However, Go Getaboy is yet to win in three attempts over 1400 metres but was placed behind the Stephen Massingham-trained Full Recognition in the Cairns Newmarket in August last year.

The son of Stratum Star has started 30 times for 10 wins and 11 placings and was a narrow last start winner over the Trevor and Peter Rowe-trained Investor in a 1250 metre Open Handicap at Cairns on April 9.

“He was very competitive last year as a three-year-old and hopefully he’s a length or two better this year,” Chillemi said.

“His last win was very good but he didn’t win by a big margin.

“My bloke is a good bread and butter type horse and he’ll be meeting Investor again.”

Chillemi has made an interesting jockey change with the booking of apprentice Rebecca Wilson for Go Getaboy who was allotted top weight with 60kgs.

Wilson replaces last start rider Lacey Morrison who has been retained for Mystery ‘N’ Magic.

Mystery ‘N’ Magic notched up his 10th win in 53 starts when a decisive winner over 1400 metres at Townsville’s Cluden Park on March 22.

Races

6
6

Ladbrokes Cannon Park | Cairns Jockey Club | 4:45 PM

RNR AIR- Air Conditioning & Refrigeration OPEN Handicap

Prize money

$21,000

“This will be Mystery ‘N’ Magic’s last campaign before he’s retired,” Chillemi said.

“I never thought he’d get to open company and he has. He’s done a great job but I think he’s found his level.”

Chillemi is hopeful for better training conditions in the months ahead as the clock runs down towards the winter carnival in the north.

“We’ve had some wretched weather for a long time and haven’t been able to work our horses properly,” he said.

“Hopefully, it’ll improve for Go Getaboy and Missile Thunder.”

Trainer Stephen Massingham.

Go Getaboy is being directed towards another attempt at the Cleveland Bay Handicap in Townsville while Missile Thunder’s campaign has been disrupted by the wet.

Missile Thunder, who clashes with stable mate Speed Legend in the Class 6 Plate over 950 metres, has had two starts this campaign.

The former gun sprinter won six straight as a two-year-old but finished last in a field of six over 1200 metres at Townsville on April 4.

“He had been out for a while after having bone chips removed from both front knees last year and we haven’t been able to give him any barrier trials or put the work into him for his two runs back this campaign,” Chillemi said.

“He knocked up last start but he'd only been on the water walker and had some steady work.”