Race hon­ours Colin Meek

Central Queensland News - - SPORT -

DON’T for­get to­mor­row’s big Colin Meek Me­mo­rial Spring­sure Cup Race Day.

The club is run­ning the cup in hon­our of Colin Meek, a rac­ing stal­wart of many years around the Cen­tral High­lands and the cup is the main event.

The $9000 2017 Colin Meek Me­mo­rial Spring­sure Cup will be run over 1400 me­tres.

Roma trainer Wayne Baker will be look­ing to add more Cen­tral High­lands cups to his man­tel­piece with his Mid­dle­mount Cup win­ner Repo Zest lin­ing up.

Fel­low Roma trainer Craig Smith lines up with Sankara Spirit, who is com­ing off a solid third plac­ing at Birdsville and has each way claims in the fea­ture event.

Emer­ald trainer Glenda Bell has a strong hand in two of the sup­port races on the pro­gram with One More Bopa in the bench­mark 55 hand­i­cap over 1400 me­tres and also has strong claims with her speedy mare Howzat for Luck in the rich $12,000 QTIS bench­mark 60 hand­i­cap over 1000 me­tres.

All Cen­tral High­landers should save the date for an out­back bo­nanza com­bin­ing coun­try rac­ing, rodeo and cam­p­draft at the iconic 2017 Twin Hills three-day ex­trav­a­ganza, which starts on Fri­day, Septem­ber 22, and runs un­til Sun­day, Septem­ber 24.

Race club sec­re­tary Jas­min Scharf said there would be a 10-race pro­gram with five races on the Fri­day and five on Satur­day.

She said a huge crowd at­tended this special Cen­tral Queens­land event ev­ery year.

“With close to $100,000 on of­fer in prize­money and in­cen­tives for the two-day rac­ing car­ni­val it will en­sure top qual­ity fields,” she said.

The club has added ex­tra prize money and in­cen­tives and re­bates to at­tract more train­ers to bring horses to the iconic Twin Hills meet­ing.

Lead­ing Queens­land coun­try and provin­cial trainer John Manzel­mann has pledged to have a strong team as­sem­bled as al­ways and has been by far the big­gest sup­porter of the Twin Hills meet­ing for sev­eral years.

The Vagg fam­ily, from Bluff, will be there in strong force and are also very strong sup­port­ers of the meet­ing.

There are two QTIS races over the car­ni­val; the rich $12,500 class 1 hand­i­cap over 1000 me­tres on Fri­day and the rich $15,000 maiden over 1200 me­tres on Satur­day.

Also on Satur­day, the main event is the $11,500 Twin Hills Cup over 1300 me­tres.

Don’t miss it.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

IN HON­OUR: Dawn Meek and son Colin.

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