Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

The Race Is Heating Up for Muster Cup Glory

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

The Race Is Heating Up for Muster Cup Glory

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THE Gympie Turf Club will stage Gympie's richest race tomorrow with the running of the $22,000 Nolan Meat Gympie Muster Cup.

However, Gympie racing participants are no doubt disappointed that Racing Queensland programmed a TAB meeting at Kilcoy to clash with one of the GTC's major race meetings for the season.

Kilcoy is one of the closest country race courses to Gympie, and the base funding of $10,000 per race at TAB meetings eclipses the basic $7000 per race funding for non-TABs (such as Gympie). The six race card at Kilcoy has drawn 53 acceptors.

The major effect of the seemingly irrational clash is that several riders who normally tend Gympie meetings are to ride at Kilcoy, causing problems for owners and trainers finding suitable jockeys for Gympie starters.

In my opinion, it would appear that Racing Queensland has done both Kilcoy and Gympie Race Clubs a disservice by programming this clash.

Hopefully this will not occur next year.

Local support

THE excellent sponsorship by Nolan Meats since the inception of the Muster Cup in 1996 has ensured the great prizemoney on offer for the Cup which stands head and shoulders above Cup races in the SEQ Country area.

This is illustrated by last weekend's Gladstone and Nanango Cups.

The Gladstone Cup carried prizemoney of $12,000 whilst a total of $10,000 was on offer for the Nanango Cup.

The recent Bundaberg Gold Cup offered $17,000 in total prizemoney.

Favourite tag

LAST week's Gladstone Cup winner, Heroism will carry the number one saddle cloth in the Muster Cup with 60 kg his allotted weight.

The very competitive field also includes last Saturday's Nanano Cup winner, King Ludwig as well as Gayndah Cup winner, Storm Magic.

The Pat Duff trained Fasta than Light, who won last year's Muster Cup by over 10 lengths has 56 kg in the 1600m Muster Cup.

A win could put this Hidden Dragon gelding in line for a second win in the Three Cups Challenge.

Winx on show

RACEGOERS on Saturday will be able to see vision of the great mare Winx in her return to racing on a giant TV screen as in previous years.

The big screen is located on the inside of the track mid-straight and will be showing live coverage of Gympie races as well as the Sky channel coverage of the southern events. …

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