Don’t we love a lo­cal win

Syn­di­cate brings it home

Central Telegraph - - SPORT - Aden Stokes Aden.Stokes@cqnews.com.au

A lo­cal syn­di­cate is still cel­e­brat­ing their big win at this year’s Than­g­ool Cup.

Be­fore a large crowd, Don’t We Love It pre­vailed in a close photo fin­ish in the 2018 run­ning of the Eric and Val Nobbs Memo­rial Than­g­ool Cup.

It was the first time in many years the cup was won by lo­cal own­ers.

To add to the cel­e­bra­tions for the Nobbs fam­ily, Eric and Val’s son Stu­art and grand­son Tom were part of the win­ning syn­di­cate, along with rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the Howard, Bros­nan, Oates, May­nard, Rann, Moller, Dunne and Maguire fam­i­lies.

Rid­den by David Sim­mons and trained by Johnny O’Sing, Don’t We Love It won the race by three inches.

“It was a tight race,” Mark Moller, who was part of the win­ning syn­di­cate, said.

“It was the first time lo­cals have won the Than­g­ool Cup for a while. It was good that the cup was fi­nally taken home by lo­cals.

“We haven’t won a Mel­bourne Cup but it would be a sim­i­lar feel­ing. Ev­ery­one was very ex­cited.

“We had a big party that night.”

Ac­cord­ing to Moller, “ev­ery­one at the races were say­ing how lovely it was to have a group of lo­cals win the Than­g­ool Cup”.

“We all knew Eric and Val Nobbs so well,” he said.

“Eric and Val Nobbs have been huge sup­port­ers of the Than­g­ool Race Club. A lot of peo­ple who were in­volved in the club were in­volved in the horse and it meant a lot to win their cup.”

Moller said Don’t We Love It was bought with the race in mind and named be­cause ev­ery­one in­volved loved horse rac­ing.

“All peo­ple in­volved re­ally love horse rac­ing and the horse is named Don’t We Love It, so very ap­pro­pri­ate name,” he said.

“It was good to have a plan come to­gether.”

Don’t We Love It has gone for a short spell and will be set for a tilt at a pro­vin­cial series race in Bris­bane over Christ­mas. PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

❝knew We all Eric and Val Nobbs so well ... it meant a lot to win their cup.

— Mark Moller

LONG TIME COM­ING: Be­fore a large crowd, Don’t We Love It pre­vailed in a close fin­ish in the 2018 run­ning of the Eric and Val Nobbs Memo­rial Than­g­ool Cup.

A lo­cal syn­di­cate is still cel­e­brat­ing their big win at this year’s Than­g­ool Cup.

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