Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

River Junction Boosts Gympie Prizemoney; Traveston Crossing Stud's New Sponsorship of Gympie Cup Welcomed by Turf Club

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

River Junction Boosts Gympie Prizemoney; Traveston Crossing Stud's New Sponsorship of Gympie Cup Welcomed by Turf Club

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RACING: A new sponsor, River Junction, has come on board for this year's Gympie Cup to be run on October 26.

River Junction Droughtmaster Stud and principal, Troy Schmidt, have been very active in Queensland racing with the River Junction Racing Syndicate and stud staff owning or having shares in some high-profile horses prepared by Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan.

River Junction has shares in the ownership of $1 million earners, Spirit of Boom and Temple of Boom, while staff at River Junction own the well-performed three-year-old Whiskey Allround.

The syndicate also has an interest in last-start Brisbane winner, Tornado Miss, who has won three of her last five outings in Brisbane.

The $175,000 Magic Millions yearling is by Snitzel out of a More Than Ready mare and looks to have a promising future.

River Junction has also been prominent in sponsoring races, supporting a two-year-old event in Brisbane as well as races in Rockhampton.

The GTC is hopeful that continuing support from River Junction will enable prizemoney for the Gympie Cup to be boosted considerably from the present $12,000 over the next few seasons.

Proud history

THE Gympie Cup, first run in 1964 by the present club, has a very proud history.

One winner, Panvale, went on to defeat dual Melbourne Cup winner, Rain Lover, in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Randwick on a bog track.

Another Gympie Cup winner, Better Beyond, had been trained by Bart Cummings to win a VRC Newmarket as a much younger horse.

The leading Sydney apprentice, Allan Denham, flew up from Sydney to ride a horse in the cup for Mrs Bill Waterhouse.

The horse, Billy, was unplaced after the local jockeys gave Denham a fairly rough welcome to Gympie racing. However he gained some recompense by riding the last winner on the day aboard the appropriately named Denham.

Local success

LAST year's winner, Harney, supplied jockey Desiree Gill with her first victory in the Gympie Cup. …

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