Aiming for victory in memorial race today
RACING: Warwick trainer Mick Hemmings remembers playing rugby league with the late Peter Watt and would love to win today's race is his honour at Allman Park.
There are six races at Allman Park, starting with the Peter Watt Memorial QTIS Maiden Plate over 800m at 1.26pm.
Race 5 is the Railway Hotel Allora Cup at 3.56pm. The last is at 4.36pm. Gates open at 11am.
Hemmings has two four-year-old mares lining up for their first starts in the 800m maiden - Hidden Draft and Kira's Beat.
He bred both mares and both have been working well in trackwork at Allman Park with Hemmings' wife Naomi in the saddle.
"Both mares are related to Hidden In Heaven, a horse with two QTIS wins in Cairns and one in Townsville,” he said. "We broke them in and educated them but they went shin sore so we put them out for 18 months.
"We think they are a chance of winning ... but so does every trainer.”
The late Peter Watt owned some racehorses with trainer John McMahon and McMahon recalls a win with Sparkle Express at the Gold Coast.
"It is great to see a memorial race, Peter did a lot of voluntary work at the turf club,” McMahon said.
Hemmings would love to win the maiden today as he played rugby league at Collegians with Peter Watt.
"I was in one of my last games and Peter was in his first in A grade, he was very dependable.”
Hemmings first trained horses 40 years ago but gave it away "as you can't milk cows at the same time you train horses”.
The retired dairy farmer returned to training in the past decade. He has four starters today but one day would love to win a Warwick Cup.
"My grandfather, Billy Hemmings, rode the winner of the Horwitz Cup in 1867 for his father-in-law John Thornton.”
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