Golden finals on Sunday
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.
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.