Trea­sure Park’s triple-threat to saddle up mul­ti­ple chances

Daily Mercury - - SPORT - RICHARD TURNBULL RAC­ING CORRESPONDENT

RAC­ING: They’re off and rac­ing at Trea­sure Park this Satur­day, with the Mo­ran­bah Race Club host­ing their June win­ter car­ni­val meet­ing in con­junc­tion with the Mo­ran­bah Work­ers Club – the ma­jor spon­sors of the meet­ing.

Ash Dowd, of the Mo­ran­bah Work­ers Club, said the club was proud to con­tinue sup­port­ing rac­ing in Mo­ran­bah, with coun­try rac­ing be­ing an im­por­tant so­cial sta­ple within the com­mu­nity.

Mo­ran­bah Race Club pres­i­dent John Juhas is an­tic­i­pat­ing a big day with strong pre-sale tick­ets and ta­ble book­ings and has solid sup­port from spon­sors in­clud­ing the CFMEU who have spon­sored the bench­mark 55 hand­i­cap.

Gates open at 11am and af­ter the races there will be a live band per­form­ing. Free buses will be run­ning back and forth to the Mo­ran­bah Work­ers Club be­fore and af­ter the races.

■ The three big names in coun­try rac­ing will be sad­dling up mul­ti­ple run­ners at Trea­sure Park to­mor­row – cur­rent coun­try Queens­land premier trainer Be­van Johnson, the long time king of Trea­sure Park John Manzel­mann and Oo­ralea Park in Mackay first lady Olivia Cairns. The trio’s show­down comes ahead of next week­end’s $100,000 bat­tle of the bush fi­nal in Bris­bane.

Cairns now has two run­ners qual­i­fied, Stel­lar Knight and Ma­sons Chance, af­ter mak­ing the 1204 kilo­me­tre round trip to Bar­cal­dine to snare last place in the rich Bat­tle of the Bush fi­nal with Ma­son’s Chance. Her two run­ners will join Manzel­mann’s run­ner Ginger­snap and Johnson’s Ex­s­tra­tum and Fabs Cow­boy and

12 other run­ners in the

$100,000 Bat­tle of The Bush fi­nal at Doomben on June 23 on Tatts Tiara Day.

The Bat­tle of The Bush se­ries has been a great boost for grass­roots level rac­ing.

Cairns, Manzel­mann and Johnson will en­joy bar­rier draws and pre-race func­tions, giv­ing all par­tic­i­pat­ing coun­try train­ers the feel of big race lead-up.

On Satur­day the three col­lide in the $10,000 1550 me­tre fea­ture event, the Mo­ran­bah Com­mu­nity Work­ers Club bench­mark 60 hand­i­cap.

Cairns sad­dles up Pre­quel, who is in great form. Johnson lines up with last start Tambo Cup run­ner up Money Ad, who looks well placed af­ter Adin Thomp­son’s 3kg claim.

Manzel­mann lines up with last start Bluff New­mar­ket sec­ond placeget­ter Kwanza, who worked home solidly be­hind the Bluff New­mar­ket win­ner the Glenda Bell-trained Onemore Bopa. On that ef­fort, it has strong each way claims in the pro­gram’s fea­ture race.

Photo: Contributed

PASS­ING THE POST: Rac­ing re­turns to Mo­ran­bah’s Trea­sure Park on Satur­day.

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