Gilgandra trots have a colourful history
LAST week we broke the news that the inaugural Gilgandra Cup and Windmill Carnival is set down for Sunday, December 3, hosted by the Dubbo Trotting Club.
Graham Phipps, who is the head judge, says the Gilgandra Club is one of the few in Australia to still hold an annual meeting at the local show.
“We don’t have the infrastructure to run on a regular basis but we have a passion for the sport and we’ve been throwing ideas around for a few years,” Graham told Dubbo Photo News.
"Oberon already has a bond with Bathurst and we thought if we could do the same with Dubbo, it would allow Gilgandra trainers and supporters to be more involved."
Graham and Judi Phipps are lifetime lovers of the standard-bred horses.
“They are so excited to see their dream come to reality. They have worked so hard with locals like Noel Wrigley to make this idea come to fruition,” local trainer Barry Batten said with total admiration.
“They hop in the mobile to bring it out to Gilgandra for the show. The Dubbo club donates nominations-taker and starter Chris Edwards, supervisor Barry Batten and, most importantly, the tower assistant judges Judi and Margie Stewart. I am busy time-keeping so the Creenaune sisters, daughters of a local trotting family, climb the stairs to help out,” Graham explained.
“Noel Wrigley and Barry Chandler are also integral to our one day of the year, and Bob Foran’s brilliant calls have been a feature of the Show Trots for many years. Hopefully he will be back in the box with the binoculars and microphone again next year and he might even save a few clichés for us on Sunday the fourth.”
Graham says the local club has put $20,000 into the trophy pool.
Our photo shows the beautiful Jug for the winner to accompany the perpetual Gilgandra Cup and the unique Windmill doublet.
“Local artisan Joe Shalhoub has donated a vibrant Windmill for the race, holding the town’s well-known moniker, and there is a replica for the winner to place proudly in the trophy cabinet,” Graham continued.
Money raised from a number of activities on the day will go towards a dedicated group of locals who assist Gilgandra Cancer patients in many ways.
Graham is very confident Steve Turnbull and his extended family and team of horses will be at Dubbo for the upcoming meeting.
“The ever-growing Team Turnbull is still celebrating Steve being named Trainer of the Year Award at the NSW Harness Racing Awards last weekend.
Driver John Tuena salutes the crowd as Beyer Garrett sprints home to claim the 1980 Gilgandra Show Cup.
ABOVE RIGHT Gig presentation: John Tuena with Cup winner Beyer Garrett. Trainer Barry Batten and Glen-lea Syndicate Peter Creenaune from the famous harness racing family admire the new gig!
The winner’s Jug, perpetual Gilgandra Cup alongside the unique Windmill doublet donated by Joe Shalhoub, also shown in more detail above.
PHOTOS: COURTESY OF THE GILGANDRA CLUB