Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Q'land Influx for Tabulam

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

Q'land Influx for Tabulam

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Byline: RICHMOND RACING Grahame timbrell

CHANGES to the country racing schedule in southern Queensland have led to an influx of horses coming across the border for the annual non-TAB meeting at Tabulam today.

The biggest fields seen at Tabulam in years will start in the five races with 27 of the 55 starters coming from 10 Queensland stables.

Beaudesert trainer Larry Maudsley, who will have four and possibly five starters, said there had been a reduction in the number of meetings in his area.

"Beaudesert used to race on Melbourne Cup day but that has been cut out and while they raced at Ipswich many of these horses would not be up to that standard," Maudsley said.

"We were looking for an alternative and Tabulam fits the bill nicely.

"I have been going down there for four years and although I haven't had a winner yet I look forward to the day.

"It's a bit different as far as country meetings go and everyone is very friendly."

Trainers from Beaudesert, Toowoomba, Gatton, Ipswich and Goondiwindi make up the Queensland contingent while on the NSW side of the border Leon Fix is bringing one horse from Inverell and Eddie Yabsley one from Kempsey to join their Northern Rivers counterparts.

Fox will start Big Events in the Westlawn Finance Maiden while Yabsley will start Arakoon in the Yulgibar Station Sam Hordern Memorial.

Arakoon is the winner of seven races from only 24 starts and while four of those have been over 1370 metres at Bowraville, he has never won over 1400 metres in three attempts at that distance.

However, he did run a neck second at Armidale in July last year.

Early speed

MAUDLSEY is looking to the luckless Jimoda, to be ridden by apprentice of the moment Gabrielle Coleman, to give him his first Tabulam winner in the Yulgibar Station Sam Hordern Memorial (1400m).

The mare has run three successive seconds, at Nanango once and at her last two starts at Ballina, and while she is drawn awkwardly Maudsley said she had the early speed to overcome it. …

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