Bubba wins the cup

Jockey ticks off Charleville Cup from his bucket list

The Western Star - - SPORT - Jorja McDonnell jorja.mcdonnell@west­ern­starnews.com

RAC­ING: Home­town hero Les ‘Bubba’ Til­ley has achieved one mean feat, tak­ing out this year’s Charleville Cup on Leslie Baker’s Eschiele.

Coun­try cup win­ners from this sea­son filled out the start­ing gate; horses and jock­eys in this field had won at the Spring­sure, Mitchell, Lon­greach and Black­all cups to name a few, so it could have been any­one’s race.

Cup favourites Fab’s Cow­boy and jockey Adin Thomp­son were off to a bril­liant start and quickly took a lead in the 1620-me­tre race – a length seven-year-old Fab’s Cow­boy had run com­fort­ably many times be­fore with five wins from seven starts at the dis­tance.

But Til­ley, on new­comer to the Queens­land rac­ing cir­cuit Eschiele, took it to their clos­est ri­vals early in the run, catch­ing them by the first turn.

By halfway, Eschiele and Til­ley were lead­ing by a neck over Fab’s Cow­boy and Thomp­son as the ten­sion mounted among pun­ters in the stands.

Then in a thrilling twist, Eschiele kicked it up a notch to run four lengths in front be­fore Til­ley had even steered him around the fi­nal cor­ner.

With Til­ley five lengths in front by the last cor­ner, and Thomp­son still ahead of the rest, the big fight was for third, and no-one was back­ing off yet.

Con­tin­u­ing to widen the mar­gin, Bubba Til­ley was able to do what both his par­ents had done be­fore him and win the Charleville Cup – a feat which has re­port­edly been ticked off the young jockey’s bucket list.

Til­ley is the third per­son in his fam­ily to win the Charleville Cup, fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of his mother Carmel Baker and father Ross Til­ley.

PHOTO: JORJA MCDONNELL

BIG WIN: Jockey Les ‘Bubba’ Til­ley brings home Eschiele to win the 2018 Charleville Cup.

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