Kenning aiming for another Emerald 100
TOMORROW the Emerald Jockey Club hosts its feature day of days and the social event of the year, the 2016 Emerald 100 Race Day.
Melbourne Cup-winning jockey John Letts and Phillip McEvoy, father of Melbourne Cup-winning jockey Kerrin, will be special guests tonight at the Calcutta and at the races tomorrow.
The fashion stakes will be high and fiercely competitive with a day of intense entertainment.
The five-race card has attracted horses from all corners of the state and some big names of country and provincial Queensland being in attendance which include John Manzelmann, the long-time queen of Pioneer Park Glenda Bell, Premier country Queensland trainer Todd Austin from Barcaldine being represented and also astute Roma trainer Craig Smith will have several runners on the day.
Townsville premiership-winning trainer Bill Kenning will also be in attendance to try to add another Emerald 100 to his trophy cabinet with recent Thangool Cup-winner Rowiener.
In the main event, the $12,000 Emerald 100 over 1850 metres, a high quality field has been assembled with a recent Bowen and Thangool Cup-winner a Townsville and Cairns Cup place-getters and an Alpha and Gladstone Cup-winner.
Pioneer Park is set to be the epicentre of where several country and provincial cup winners collide tomorrow.
Queensland premier provincial trainer John Manzelmann lines up with last start Bowen Cup-winner Sunbury and Cairns and Townsville Cup place-getter Artibai.
The Bell, Power and Kenning clans are names synonymous with racing in Central Queensland and are a racing bloodline that goes back many years.
There are cousins, nephews, aunties - you name it is in the mix between the big three racing families.
The Bill Kenning-trained Roweiner will be out to take out more country cups silverware after a recent win in the $15000 Thangool victory were the Kenning-trained mare Roweiner demolished the Cup field by a widening 10.5 lengths demolishing her rivals in a dominant win.
The long-time queen of racing at Pioneer Park, Glenda, lines up with Halfblood Prince who has each-way claims in the event.
The Tim Cook-trained Doubos is raced by Glenda Bell's nephew Mitchell Power who was recently awarded Rockhampton first grade rugby league player of the year in the Rockhampton rugby league competition.
Doubos has been a massive improver since joining the Cook stable in Rockhampton and is racing in career best form at the moment and has strong claims. Bluff trainer Bill Trimble's mare Preen Queen a winner of this year's Alpha and Gladstone cups, will run the trip right out and be there at the finish when whips are cracking and the sparks are flying in this year's Emerald 100.
Don't forget tonight's Calcutta at the Emerald Jockey Club members bar at 6.30pm where Leon Roberts and the team will offer a great night of entertainment and Melbourne Cup-winning jockey John Letts will be in attendance with racing media identities including Rob Luck, Mark Forbes and Tony Clements.