Gil­gan­dra trots have a colour­ful his­tory

Dubbo Photo News - - Sport - By GE­OFF MANN

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.

ABOVE LEFT:

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!

Left:

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

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