Callow to ride at Queanbeyan
Internationally experienced jockey Noel Callow will be a surprise visitor to Queanbeyan on Monday thanks to a long time friendship with Joe Cleary and his father, Golden Slipper winning trainer Frank Cleary.
The multiple Group One winning rider who has ridden in Hong Kong, Macau, Mauritius and Singapore where he became the first jockey to ride 100 winners in a season, is fresh from his success aboard Madibagold for trainer David Payne at Rosehill on Saturday.
He will partner aptly named Medadwonaslipper for Joe Cleary in the Girls Day Out October 31st Benchmark 55 Hcp (900m) and Gypsy Jack for Frank Cleary in the Queanbeyan Rural Supplies Maiden (1100m).
Callow’s other rides are Draw for Matthew Dale in the Queanbeyan & Karabar TAB Class 1 (1600m) and Pass The Plate for Andrew Bourke in the Queanbeyan Racing Club Function Centre Benchmark 68 Hcp (1600m).
"Noel and I have been mates for many years and I even stayed in touch a lot when he was in Singapore," Joe Cleary said.
"Last week I got the ball rolling, told him we had a couple of horses ready to win, they’d be at his weight and to come on up.
"He eventually said okay let’s do it. Just a couple of old bush boys catching up, doing some work then partying."
"Nick Davis, the former Sydney Swans player, is a part-owner of Medadwonaslipper and a good mate of Noel’s.
"Noel actually rode Ta Ta Tatiana for me and won a Gai Waterhouse Classic at Ipswich and a Thunderbolt here (Queanbeyan).
"Hopefully he can get the job done tomorrow and it’s a fruitful visit."
Medadwonaslipper, by Frank Cleary’s 1999 Golden Slipper winner Catbird, is resuming from from a five month break.
"He’s won first up over 900 metres before and while he’s only a little nuggetty fella, (he) goes pretty good," Joe Cleary said.
"He’s a dead ringer for his old man.
"He’s had a couple of jump outs. I’m happy with him."
Gypsy Jack, a three-year-old colt by French Deputy, has three seconds from six starts and is poised to break through.
The colt resumed with an encouraging neck second to Rustyroller over 1100m on his home track on September 27 when he made good ground in the run home.
By Tony White