Twin Hills can­celled: ex­tra race day set for Cler­mont this month

Central Queensland News - - SPORT -

TO­MOR­ROW the rac­ing ac­tion heads to Spring­sure for the big Colin Meek Me­mo­rial Spring­sure Cup Race Day.

The club is again run­ning the cup in hon­our of Colin Meek, a rac­ing man’s rac­ing man and a stal­wart of rac­ing around the Cen­tral High­lands for many years as a jockey and trainer.

The main event on the pro­gram, the $9000 2018 Colin Meek Me­mo­rial Spring­sure Cup, will be run over 1400m and has drawn a good-qual­ity field.

Rock­hamp­ton trainer Julie Lan­caster will be look­ing to add more Coun­try Cups to her man­tel­piece with de­fend­ing 2017 Spring­sure Cup win­ner Miss Anna, who is on a seven-day backup from an even ef­fort at Than­g­ool last start.

Barcaldine trainer Patrick O’Toole lines up with last-start Pi­o­neer Park win­ner nine-year-old geld­ing Hunter Is­land and has strong claims for lo­cal Spring­sure owner Ian Ro­hden.

Bluff trainer Ross Vagg’s run­ner Ate Aces showed a strong re­turn to form last start at Pi­o­neer Park, the veteran gal­loper could sur­prise at odds.

Vagg lines up with the good thing of the day, Clear the Debt, in the maiden hand­i­cap and looks set to break through and be the best bet on the pro­gram.

■ On Septem­ber 29, Cler­mont Race Club has been granted an ex­tra race date al­lo­ca­tion due to the iconic Twin Hills meet­ing be­ing aban­doned due to the unprecedented and pro­longed dry con­di­tions in the Belyando graz­ing district.

Cler­mont Race Club will host and pro­mote the meet­ing as the Ep­ping For­rest Cup, which has been strongly sup­ported by the Den­nis fam­ily. A six-race card will be staged, with more than $51,000 in prize­money be­ing on of­fer.

The AFL Grand Fi­nal will also be tele­cast on course through­out the day.

The pro­gres­sive Cler­mont Turf Club was more than happy to step up to the plate to take on the ex­tra meet­ing for their sis­ter club, Twin Hills.

Twin Hills Race Club’s Jasmin Schar said the campdraft and rodeo and race club com­mit­tee were al­ready plan­ning for 2019 and the Twin Hills week­end would be bet­ter than ever af­ter a good wet sea­son.

The campdraft and rodeo com­mit­tee also made the de­ci­sion to can­cel their events due to be­ing un­able to source cat­tle in these dry con­di­tions.

■ The count­down is also on to Emer­ald Jockey Club’s day of days, the Emer­ald 100, on Oc­to­ber 13.

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