By Liam Emerton
The annual St Peter’s Caulfield Cup race day brought in a massive crowd to Callaghan Park on Saturday afternoon.
Six races highlighted Rockhampton’s biggest race day of the year with a combined $92,000 on the line.
In the opening race of the day, Ollie’s Stand, ridden by Chris Whiteley, jumped from barrier three and led from the outset – eventually taking out the 1600m race by 3.3 lengths.
Behind the four-year-old mare was Trust In Aloha and outsider Quidni which finished second and third respectively.
In race two, the Milne Bros Open Handicap 1050m, it looked like a repeat of race one as the on-odds favourite Tim Cook-jockeyed Sirfina raced away to a gapping lead.
Sprinting into the final stretch Sirfina looked all but certain to take out the second race but a sizzling run home by Shane Sigvart-trained and Adam Sewell-jockeyed Chezblack burned past Sirfina to take out the victory by half-a-length.
Sirfina still ran second while Jay Jay secured the third spot in a four-horse race.
The Happy 50th Birthday Leesa Olive Maiden Plate 1100m was up next, featuring nine competitors in action.
Favourite So Silent was out in front with 400 metres to go but after being neck-and-neck with Il Calzino for a long stretch both of those horses dropped off and the Nathan-Evans-ridden Bluindi shot up through the middle of the pack to take out the race with the longest winning margin (3.8 lengths) of the day.
The fourth race of the afternoon was the Oshen Apartments Yeppoon Qtis Three-Year-Old Handicap 1200m and it was set to be one of the tightest of the afternoon.
The top three odds-on favourites were all separated by just 40 cents on their starting price but it was $17 outside Address Unknown which led the pack around the bend at Callaghan Park.
On the straight the middle tightened as Jungle Beat and Address Unknown battled for position, however steaming around the outside was the Alex Patis-ridden Agustawynd, which was more like a gale-force hurricane as it galloped away to take out the $8,300 prize by 2.8 lengths..
Carly-Mae Pye Memorial Class 3 Handicap 1200m was the fifth race of the day and produced one of the bravest rides of the day.
Coming from dead-last, Peter Fleming-owned and $15 outsider Nuremburg Castle won the tightest race of the day by just 0.4 of a length as roughies Mymill ($31) and Heygeronimo ($21) ran in second and third.
And finally in the last race of the day, The Rocks, Bar And Restaurant Yeppoon Open Handicap 1400m, red-hot favourite Only Wanna Sing, ridden by Ashley Butler, held out all others to take out the final prize of the arvo.
Indernile fought hard in the straight to pounce on second place while Poetic Heart came in on second place.