Gorgeous Ryder cup win
Mackay’s Manzelmann trained two race winners
RACING: Beauties, beer and bets were the resounding success stories from the 3000 people attending this year’s annual Bowen Cup event at Ben Bolt Park.
The first race of the day, sponsored by Browns BP Merinda/Browns Milk Supply, saw the crowd favourite Kahuna beaten in the 1000m handicap by Mologle Chief trained by Ben Williams from Charters Towers.
Gorgeous Gal, trained by John Manzelmann from Mackay, lived up to her name and took out race two, sponsored by Shane Airey anniversary/Industry Fire Services Qld, by five lengths.
In the Alan James Smith memorial handicap, Madam Pink crossed the line first in the 1280m race with the winning trophy presented by Alan Smith’s daughter Jenine McDermott.
Alan was a local equestrian identity, jockey and horse trainer who spent many years supporting the Bowen Turf Club.
Tickets To Ride, trained by Olivia Cairns from Mackay, won the Queens Beach Hotel/ XXXX Lion Nathan race four.
The last and feature race of the day saw a last-minute scratching when favourite Ginger Snap was assisted out of the barriers after kicking open her starting gates which injured her jockey.
The Bowen Cup was won by Gorgeous Ryder, a New Zealand import also trained by John Manzelmann, in a time of 1.50.15 by two and three quarter lengths just ahead of Changing Note, Lokum and Dodge the Grey.
The Luxe Fashion House Fashions on the Field judges, Lillie Bernie and Leanne Born, said they were looking for the complete package.
“I was keeping my eye out for something which reflected spring fashion but also showed a little of the person themselves,” Lillie said.
Lady of the Day went to Lisa Todeschino from Home Hill.
The third-time winner wore a Katherine Falco headpiece coupled with an Atmos & Here dress. Bowen’s Alicia Jones was named the most Fashionable Filly with local Brad Fogertytaking the men’s section and Amber Greenhalgh won millinery.
Special mention must go to Adrian Wronski who was at his buck’s party for his wedding on October 19 and was spotted wearing a dress and heels the entire day.
Live music was performed by the Lloyd Saunders band all day with the Burdekin Vet services on hand for all animal needs.
CUP WIN: Bowen Cup presentations with winning horse Gorgeous Ryder.