Cup dream comes true

By GERARD WALSH

NEBO cattleman Pete Comiskey scored 89 in the final on Roany's Chex to fulfil his Gold Cup dream and win the Melbourne Cup of campdrafting at the Warwick Rodeo yesterday. Comiskey, 35, has only missed a handful of Warwick rodeos since attending his first in 1986 and rates the line-up of cattle and the showgrounds surface this year as the best he had seen. Two weeks ago, he travelled south without a Grandfather Clock (Chinchilla) or Black Toyota Gold Cup win to his credit, but this morning leaves on the 998-kilometre trip home with two of the three big wins inside eight days on the same horse. He is a past winner of the second biggest draft of all, the Canning Downs in Warwick. "It is everyone's dream to win the Gold Cup, my best before this weekend was third,'' Comiskey said. When he gets home, Comiskey's first job will be to take the shoes off 10-year-old mare Roany's Chex, so she can have a spell before the northern campdrafting circuit starts in March. The Comiskey family runs 2000 cattle on their property Westpoint, at Nebo, which means there is plenty of cattle work for their string of campdrafters. On Saturday, Comiskey rode four horses in the final of the Canning Downs Campdraft and three into yesterday's Gold Cup final. Sergeant Phil Lickorish, of Warwick police, said the overall crowd behaviour at the rodeo was acceptable. "There were no incidents of any consequence, behaviour was no worse than any Friday or Saturday night in the town,'' Sergeant Lickorish said. Rodeo chairman Terry Keogh was upbeat throughout the weekend about the success of the 2005 rodeo, which again attracted a massive crowd on Friday night, despite rain earlier in the week.



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