Former Warwick Cup winner races home to win $1.3m race
SPORT: Belflyer created a lot of excitement at the phantom Warwick Credit Union Warwick Cup meeting on Saturday when he won The Kosciuszko at Randwick.
As reported last week in the Daily News, Belflyer won the 2016 and 2017 Warwick cups and had a start in the $1.3 million Kosciuszko, the richest race for country horses to be held in Australia.
Grafton trainer John Shelton said last week the horse was good fresh and he was right.
He also joked he mightn't return home if he won after admitting he hadn't made any arrangements for the trip home.
Belflyer started at $71 so any punter who backed the horse would have been smiling last Saturday.
The gelding from Grafton finished well to beat Suncraze ($15) by half a length with Awesome Pluck ($9) a short neck away in third.
Warwick Turf Club president Phil Grant said quite a few punters at the Warwick phantom meeting had a few dollars on the horse.
After winning two Warwick cups and then the Kosciuszko, Belflyer could pave the way for some strong performers in Warwick being in the draw for next year's million dollar plus race.
Cup to be run later
NOTHING is definite but Grant expects the Warwick Credit Union Warwick Cup will be run at another meeting after the whole meeting was cancelled due to the rain.
"Our preference will be a Saturday TAB meeting in November but it is up to Racing Queensland,” he said.
"We were delighted with the crowd which turned up on cup day in the Cassels Automotive Trackside Pavilion.
"They all had a great time, a large number of young people started to stream in at 4pm.”
The Sleeping Dogs band played in the trackside pavilion in the late afternoon and into the evening.”
The cup meeting definitely won't be on one of the next two Saturdays as Stanthorpe has its cup this Saturday and then Clifton in a fortnight. The other cup in the area is Texas on December 8.