Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Jockey's Feat Not Likely to Be Repeated

Newspaper article The Chronicle (Toowoomba, Australia)

Jockey's Feat Not Likely to Be Repeated

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Byline: Sean Teuma WARWICK DAILY NEWS

RACING: A rare piece of history was created at the Allora Cup meeting at Allman Park at the weekend.

The 2016 edition of the feature race was moved to January this year after being washed out, with Air Diamond saluting for jockey Michael Schrapel.

On Saturday, Schrapel again finished on top, this time aboard Drum Master, for Warwick trainer Les Clarke.

The Toowoomba apprentice's feat of winning the Allora Cup twice in a calendar year will likely never be matched.

It seemed like destiny Schrapel would prove successful in racing, with father Brian riding in equestrian for Australia in the 1972 Munich Olympic Games.

"My father was an ex-Olympian in three-day eventing," he said.

"We were always around horses, and I was riding a pony before I could walk, as well as doing pony club at a young age.

"My dad was a trainer and that helped me get involved in some earlier rides.

"I started as an amateur jockey riding at a higher weight scale. …

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