Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Promising Stayer Fares Poorly

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Promising Stayer Fares Poorly

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Byline: Turf topics with Barry Fitzhenry

PROMISING Gympie stayer, Jedi Starfighter has fared poorly in the barrier draw for his tilt at Saturdays Group 3, $200 000 Tattersalls Cup in Brisbane. The Steven Thomas-trained five-year-old has drawn barrier 16 in the 17 horse field over the 2200m at Doomben. Jedi Starfighter has three wins and a second from his four most recent starts over 2000 and 2150m on the Caloundra cushion track. The Real Quiet gelding will be again ridden by Damian Browne who has been aboard the massive galloper at his three most recent outings. Young Gympie trainer Steven Thomas has done a great job with Jedi Starfighter taking him from a 1465m Gympie maiden win in June last year to Saturdays tilt in Group company. The horse has won six of his 18 starts to date finishing second on two occasions to take his earnings to almost $50 000 to date. Whilst Saturdays Tatts Cup represents a big step up from Class 6 company, Jedi Starfighter will hopefully prove competitive in taking another step to a possible assignment in the $150 000 3200m Qld Cup on July 4. The last Gympie galloper to win in black type class in Brisbane was the Ken Cavanough trained Cav Lon who won a Lord Mayors Cup.

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GYMPIE'S RSL Cup meeting on June 27 will see the return of racing to the Gympie Racecourse after a break of three months and the Gympie Show. The renovated bar area will be in use for the first time with a slightly larger serving area and an upgrade to the bar surrounds allowing improved service to patrons. In addition, the construction of the lift at the back of the Bill Bishop betting auditorium is well underway. This will give access to the grandstand and the top floor of the Pavilion.

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RSL Cup Day on June 27 will be followed by the $15 000 Nolan Meats Muster Cup on August 22 and The Gympie Times Champagne and Roses raceday on Sept 24. The Gympie Times Day was washed out earlier this year and has been re-scheduled as a special Spring meeting. …

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