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Chillemi after third Northern Classic victory in Townsville

By Glenn Davis

Tolga trainer Roy Chillemi is hopeful talented youngster Higher Realm or stablemate Tennessee Boy can give him his third win in the Northern Classic at Townsville on Thursday.

Chillemi, who turns 71 this year, won the QTIS feature with Hotelier in 2006 and with Tyzone 10 years later.

Tyzone won 10 races for Chillemi in the State’s north before the gelding was transferred later in his career to Gold Coast trainer Toby Edmonds.

Tyzone won six times for Edmonds including the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm on June 6 after finishing second to Trekking in the State's premier race last year.

Chillemi selected both two-year-olds at last year’s Magic Millions sales, forking out $82,500 for Higher Realm while Tennessee Boy was a relatively cheap buy at $12,500.

“Both are good horses in their own right but I think Higher Realm will go on to be the better horse later on,” Chillemi said.

“I’ve won this race twice with Tyzone and Hotelier and hopefully we can win it for a third time.”

Chillemi has been training for more than 40 years and has shared in many feature races wins with well known North Queensland racing identity Tom Hedley, who is a major part-owner of Tyzone.

While I just favour Higher Realm I think whoever gets the better run will win

Roy Chillemi

“Most of Tyzone’s owners are in the ownership of both High Realm and Tennessee Boy,” Chillemi said.

“Higher Realm has the edge on Tennessee Boy at this stage and I probably just favour him.

“But Tennessee Boy is going well and I won’t be surprised to see him win.”

Tennessee Boy has never missed the podium in seven starts with three wins and four placings, while Higher Realm has started four times for two wins and as many seconds.

Higher Realm is coming off a last start second over 1000 metres at Townsville on June 4 while Tennessee Boy finished third in the same race.

The pair met for the first time at their previous starts when Higher Realm won over 1200 metres at Cluden Park on April 12 while Tennessee Boy was just over one length back in third place.

“The day Tennessee Boy ran third to Higher Realm he was held up for a run,” Chillemi said.

“While I just favour Higher Realm I think whoever gets the better run will win.”

Racing Queensland webnews - June 17

Higher Realm
Tennessee Boy