TOP RUN: Michael Schrapel salutes aboard former Allora Cup winner Drum Master. The Cup will be held for the sixth time at Allman Park on Saturday.
TOP RUN: Michael Schrapel salutes aboard former Allora Cup winner Drum Master. The Cup will be held for the sixth time at Allman Park on Saturday. Sean Teuma

Business gets behind Allora Cup race meet

ALLORA racing enthusiast Barry Burgess was hoping he would have a horse ready for this year's Railway Hotel Allora Cup day but he has run out of time

"I have a horse, Maddie Heart, being trained by Mick and Naomi Hemmings but she won't be ready for the Allora Cup, she might make it on Warwick Cup day,” Burgess said.

While Burgess won't have a starter on Allora Cup day, the day has enjoyed excellent support from Allora businesses.

"We had no trouble finding race sponsors,” he said.

"The Fashions in the Field is sponsored by Black Toyota Warwick.

"The Railway Hotel has been the sponsor of the Cup from day one.”

"We have the Wattles Rugby League Club joining us on the day which should increase the crowd by more than 100.”

Burgess said cup day on Saturday was a chance for patrons to come to the races and forget about the drought.

"Forget about what is happening at home and go to the races,” he said.

There will be children's play activities and a silent auction organised by the Wattles club.

"The Warwick Turf Club is giving Wattles the gate proceeds,” Burgess said.

In the past, the Wattles race day was staged in Toowoomba.

Allora Cup history

THE first Allora Cup winner was Nobleman in 1949. The winner was owned by Tom Cowley, trained by Dick Byrne and ridden by Joe Murphy.

Jack Hilton was race secretary for the first 11 years.

This year, the Allora Cup will be run at Allman Park for the sixth time.

Some horses have been trained down the years on the old racecourse just south east of Allora.

The Cup coincided with Melbourne Cup day from 1956 to 1959. A cup history written by Shirley Murray included reference to a half-day holiday.



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