Golden fi­nals on Sun­day

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - NEWS - Ger­ard Walsh

RID­ERS will bat­tle for the War­wick Gold Cup this week­end, Aus­tralia’s most pres­ti­gious campdrafting prize.

With only 140 of the 876 com­bi­na­tion to fin­ish their first rounds, Cler­mont rider Kim­ber­ley Sam­mon, on Pos­sum Sue, shared the lead in the Pryde’s EasiFeed War­wick Gold Cup Cam­p­draft with Cler­mont rider Ro­han Marks, both on 91.

On Wed­nes­day morn­ing, two rid­ers had 92 in the Black Toy­ota Can­ning Downs Cam­p­draft, Ben Ros­siter from Tam­worth rid­ing Hard Hat Kelly and Codie Law, of In­verell, on Yar­rawa Guns and Roses.

Four rid­ers were equal third in the Can­ning Downs Cam­p­draft on 91, Luke Ben­nett (Dundee, NSW) on Boonara Billy Black, Dan Con­don (Green­vale, Qld) on Bracelet, Han­nah Tay­lor (Cowra, NSW) on Moore Docs Oak and Tom Wil­liamson (Glen Innes, NSW) on Yaven Spinarey.

Two of the stars of the campdrafting have been David Thorn, of Wal­lend­been (NSW) and Con­don.

Thorn has a score of 90 in the cup on Blondie and 90 in the Black Toy­ota Can­ning Downs Cam­p­draft on two horses, Oh How Foxy and Hazel­wood Dex, while Con­don has a 90 on Bracelet in the cup of top of his 91 on the same horse in the Can­ning Downs Cam­p­draft.

The first round of the Van­der­field Hino Ladies Sil­ver Cup Cam­p­draft was held Thurs­day and round 2 of the Can­ning Downs Cam­p­draft starts at 6am Fri­day.

Cam­p­draft fi­nals will start Fri­day with the Ladies Sil­ver Cup and As­cot An­gus and Charo­lais Cham­pion of Cham­pi­ons fi­nals.

The first round of the Frasers Live­stock Trans­port Stal­lion Cam­p­draft will be at 6am Satur­day, with the fi­nal later in the day.

On Tues­day af­ter­noon, Tam­worth rider Ben Ros­siter had scored the only 92, at the War­wick Rodeo.

He said a score in the mid 80s should be enough in the sec­ond round to qual­ify him for the fi­nal of the Black Toy­ota Can­ning Downs Cam­p­draft.

Ros­siter is rid­ing eight-year-old mare Hard Hat Kelly in both ma­jor cam­p­drafts in War­wick and was joint leader of the Can­ning Downs Cam­p­draft late Tues­day with his 92.

His best on Hard Hat Kelly is 94 at the Saxby Roundup in 2016 and he has about six scores of 92 in his ca­reer.

Ros­siter said in his score of 92, he had a nice flow­ing yard.

“The steer run true and we were able to tighten the pegs up at speed on course,” he said. “I was a bit closer to the in­side peg at the gate but that is good as it makes you a bit quicker.”

He is com­pet­ing in War­wick for a sixth time and is hop­ing to im­prove on his best of eighth rid­ing Amy in the Can­ning Downs Cam­p­draft in 2011.

He made the 2011 fi­nal with two scores of 89, his best in War­wick be­fore this year.

Ros­siter com­peted in the Pryde’s EasiFeed War­wick Gold Club with his sec­ond mare Di­a­monds on Wed­nes­day.

“It is bet­ter to run in the early morn­ing or night when it is cooler. The cat­tle can get a bit warm to run well in the mid­dle of the day.”

The fi­nals for the Pryde’s EasiFeed War­wick Gold Cup Cam­p­draft will start at noon on Sun­day.

PHOTO: GER­ARD WALSH

IN IT TO WIN IT: Tam­worth rider Ben Ros­siter with Hard Hat Kelly, a horse on which he scored 92 in the Black Toy­ota Can­ning Downs Cam­p­draft.

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