Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Saddles Ready for 2017 Gympie Cup

Newspaper article Gympie Times, The Qld.

Saddles Ready for 2017 Gympie Cup

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TURF TOPICS: Saturday week will see the staging of the Gympie Turf Club's major race meeting for the year with the running of the Gympie Cup.

This $20,000 1600m annual cup stands alongside the Nolan Meats Muster Cup ($22,000) as the two richest trophy races in the south-east Queensland country area.

The Gympie Cup has a very proud history, having been won by some top-class gallopers including Panvale who went on to defeat the dual Melbourne Cup winner, Rain Lover, in winning the Queen Elizabeth Stakes in front of the Queen in Sydney.

Horses came from far and wide to win at the October meeting of the historic Gayndah Jockey Club with stables from Dalby, Miles, the Sunshine Coast and Bundaberg represented in the winners' stall.

Some good recent rain contributed to an excellent grass coverage on the track which proved a paradise for front runners with each of the five races going to leaders.

Right rein

SUNSHINE Coast trainer Wendy Bannerot pulled the right rein in scratching Legs Unbarred from the Warwick Cup to contest the main race at Gayndah - the 1400m Open.

The talented All Bar One seven-year-old mare has had a series of bans due to her bad manners particularly in the barriers but seems to have finally put that behind her according to her trainer.

Her track work rider, Kelly Gates, who drives from Gympie to the Coast each work morning, jumped Legs Unbarred straight to the front from the start and the duo were never in danger of defeat in winning by three lengths from Better Idea (C.Eaton) and Endless Puzzle (G. Steele).

Two from Bundaberg

THE day for front runners began when Bundaberg- trained consistent Sequalo mare Claragh led from barrier to win the first race, the 1000m BM 60.

Claragh (M. Cox) kicked clear at the top of the straight and had three lengths to spare at the judge from Justflickinit (D. Evans) and Toowoomba-trained $2.60 favourite Go Get Some (T. Banks).

Trained by former jockey Laura Cronan, who is a part owner of the form Toowoomba galloper Claragh, a recent Beaudesert winner, has now won four and been placed five times in 13 starts for the Cronan stable.

The other Bundaberg- trained winner was Tabriz ($7) in the final event, the 1400m BM 55 in which the W. …

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