Col N Lil adds to Cur­rie’s suc­cess

The Chronicle - - SPORT - Glen McCul­lough glenm@thechron­i­

RAC­ING: Weet­wood Hand­i­cap dead-heater Col ‘N’ Lil capped an ex­tra­or­di­nary rac­ing sea­son for the Ben Cur­rie sta­ble af­ter be­ing named Toowoomba Horse of the Year for 2016-17.

Col ‘N’ Lil claimed the hon­our at Satur­day’s Lad­brokes Toowoomba Turf Club Rac­ing Awards pre­sen­ta­tion at the Cathe­dral Cen­tre.

Her award added to four per­sonal wins for Cur­rie from the 11 awards an­nounced at the evening.

Cur­rie took out the Clif­ford Park premier trainer award, strike-rate trainer, premier owner and was named TTC Young Achiever of the Year.

Col ‘N’ Lil won three races dur­ing the 2016-17 rac­ing year high­lighted by her dead-heat vic­tory with Jumbo Prince in the Listed Weet­wood Hand­i­cap at Clif­ford Park in April and her Group Three Lord Mayor’s Cup win at Ea­gle Farm in May for owner Kim McCasker.

Long-time Clif­ford Park book­maker, Pat Kynoch, was re­warded for his pas­sion for the sport with the In­dus­try Con­trib­u­tor award.

TTC Blair Odgers con­grat­u­lated Cur­rie on his suc­cess at all lev­els achieved from his Toowoomba base.

“It’s been an ab­so­lutely

stel­lar rac­ing sea­son for Ben and his en­tire team,” Odgers said. “He cleaned up at the state awards and then fol­lowed it up with much suc­cess at Clif­ford Park’s night.”

Odgers also wel­comed the recog­ni­tion of Kynoch for his work in help­ing pro­mote the Darling Downs rac­ing in­dus­try.

“The in­dus­try con­trib­u­tor award is some­one se­lected by the TTC com­mit­tee – some­one who has given long-term, out­stand­ing ser­vice and in­dus­try con­tri­bu­tion to the lo­cal thor­ough­bred rac­ing in­dus­try,” Odgers said.

First-year rider Baylee Noth­durft was named Clif­ford Park ap­pren­tice of the year.

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