Grafton carnival best in the bush
THE Grafton Cup Carnival, arguably the nation’s most prestigious country racing event, gets into full swing this week with the first of four race meetings in seven days.
Day one of the carnival is Thursday, July 2, featuring the Grafton Cup Prelude and John Carlton Quality before Sunday’s South Grafton cup meeting (July 5).
The carnival’s feature double-header starts on Wednesday, July 8, and the highlight is the $150,000 Ramornie Handicap (1200m).
The carnival reaches a climax the following day with the Listed $150,000 Grafton Cup (2350m). TARGET OF GREATNESS IT’S hard to believe 11 years have passed since Takeover Target began his fairytale rise when he romped away with Grafton’s Ramornie Handicap by two lengths.
In an extraordinary ragsto-riches story, Takeover Target won 21 of his 41 starts and earned more than $6 million prizemoney.
His trainer, part-time cab driver Joe Janiak bought the gelding as an unraced fouryear-old for just $1300.
Takeover Target was euthanased after he suffered a serious leg injury in a paddock accident two weeks ago. CIVIC RECEPTION SYDNEY race fans will have plenty of racing action at home including the Civic Stakes meeting at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
The $100,000 sprint over 1350m invariably attracts a classy field and the last three winners have been proved big-race performers Malavio (2012), Mic Mac (2013) and Generalife (2014). BOWMAN IN RARE FORM MY TIP this weekend is to follow jockey Hugh Bowman at Rosehill Gardens. The champion jockey has been in rare form as he makes a concerted push for Sydney premiership honours.