Members of Rural Weekly with winning horse Benfica Princess, trained by Kelly Doughty.
Members of Rural Weekly with winning horse Benfica Princess, trained by Kelly Doughty.

Crowd numbers didn’t diminish racing spirits

HORSE RACING: Muggy conditions didn't deter enthusiastic race goers at the Warwick Cowboys' annual race day.

While crowd numbers were lower than anticipated, Warwick Turf Club president Phil Grant said the afternoon of racing had been a success.

"I think there was a bit oh hype earlier on, but we're happy with how the day went," Grant said.

"The races have all gone well, there's been a couple of protests and I think one upheld but that's racing."

With a number of local trainers in attendance, Grant was pleased with the amount of external competition.

"There's been quite a few local trainers here but none have had any great success," he said.

"Because there's only been two TAB meetings in Queensland at the moment, there's a lot of good horses coming to Warwick which does make it harder for the locals in some ways because you've got to be able to beat horses from Grafton, Brisbane and Beaudesert - which they do every race meeting anyway.

"It's good to see trainers coming from far afield."

A highlight of the afternoon was the Basil Nolan Jnr Memorial race - a touching tribute to a valued member of the Warwick Turf Club and Cowboys community.

The race was won by Pittsworth trainer Jackie Crompton with Iced, ridden by Zoe White.



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