IN ACTION: Mark Palmer on Palmers Cool Special in the 2013 Landmark Open Campdraft.
IN ACTION: Mark Palmer on Palmers Cool Special in the 2013 Landmark Open Campdraft. Wild Fillies Photography

Horse stolen from Gold Cup hopeful's paddock

WARWICK campdraft regular Mark Palmer has his fingers crossed he can win the Gold Cup with Palmers Cool Special and become the first third generation rider to win the Melbourne Cup of campdrafting.

But first he needs the support of people across the nation to find a 12-year-old mare valued between $150,000 and $200,000.

As had been the case for the past 11 years, the mare was with six horses in a 4ha paddock at the front of their 54ha property at Willow Tree near Tamworth when she was allegedly stolen in May.

"She was gone one morning," he said.

In 1981 and 1984, his father Bob Palmer won the Gold Cup on Breezette after his grandfather Jack Palmer won in 1978 on Berger Breeze.

Cool Special has been at four Warwick campdraft weeks with Mark Palmer.

"I have won seven or eight open drafts on the mare, including the world championship campdraft in Sydney last year," he said.

In 2011, Palmer and Cool Special were on the second highest score of 91 in the first round of the Warwick Gold Cup.

"She definitely has the ability to win the Gold Cup but you need a lot of luck," he said

The plan was to compete on Cool Special for another three or four years and then breed from her.

Palmer said the family had a lot of successful horses down the years that they hadn't insured and Cool Special was the same.

"We didn't expect to have a horse stolen, I would have thought it more likely to have a car, truck, bridle or saddle stolen.

" I would have much rather they did," he said.

Palmer said he believed two or three people were involved.

"Someone might slip up or someone else might know something, she is a mare known across the country," he said.

Palmer asks anyone with even the slightest bit of information to call the stock squad at Tamworth or him on 0428 463 477.



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