Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Memorable Racing Year for First-Time Achievers

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Memorable Racing Year for First-Time Achievers

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THE past racing year was one of the most successful in recent memory for the Toowoomba industry with the contribution of many first-time achievers and national success headlining the 12 months.

Outstanding sprinter Gold Edition and trainer Ron Maund set the bar at a high level in recent years for Toowoomba racing participants

But there has been no shortage of names good enough to step up and fly the Darling Downs flag during 2010 with Captain Sonador, Poor Judge, Rothera, Temple Of Boom, Roger Milne, Norm Hilton, Ben Currie and Tony Gollan leading the way at elite level.

Captain Sonador and his trainer Roger Milne landed the biggest prize with their Group One Epsom Handicap victory at Randwick in October for Bahram Training Centre owner Gregg Wagner.

The four-year-old pushed on to a Melbourne spring campaign where he finished unplaced behind So You Think in the Cox Plate before returning home under an injury cloud following an unsuccessful Emirates Stakes tilt.

Rothera capped a remarkable year for teenager Ben Currie with a Group 3 win in the Beftair Stakes at Caulfield.

In January this year, Currie became one of Toowoomba racing's youngest winning trainers when he led in his first winner Co Pacific Express Co at Clifford Park, aged just 18 years.

Poor Judge joined the Toowoomba win rush in Melbourne with success in the Chatham Stakes at Flemington on Derby Day for Norm Hilton.

The five-year-old a month earlier finished a game third behind More Joyous in the Group One Toorak Handicap at Caulfield.

It was both Currie and Hilton's first trip to Melbourne.

Another first-time Melbourne Carnival visitor, Tony Gollan, added his name to Toowoomba's win sheet when Temple Of Boom scored an authoritative victory in the Listed Swisse Vitamins Stakes at Flemington on Oaks day.

Clifford Park success

POOR Judge's rise to Australia's top level followed his Weetwood Handicap win at Clifford Park in April. …

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