CAMPDRAFTING: After coming to Warwick for a decade, Taroom rider JJ Lamb has her best chance to win the Vanderfield Hino Ladies Silver Cup at the Warwick Showgrounds.
In a field of 161, she was 119th into the arena in round 1 to score 91 on Hot Chilli Woman to take a two-point lead over Chris Hall (Goondiwindi) on Turners Congirl and Tess McNamara (Emerald) on Phoenix Rockstar.
Springsure rider Toni O'Neill was the 11th last into the arena and scored 89 on Confetti for a share of second.
Warwick rider Lisa Kiss gave herself a great chance to make her fourth ladies final with a score of 87 on Walcha.
Lamb has a best of second in the ladies campdraft in Warwick but not on Hot Chilli Woman, a mare she rode for the first time last year in Warwick.
Lamb and her husband Adrian bought the mare from Mark and Joanne Smith, of Emerald, two years ago.
Despite heavy overnight rain, Lamb said the arena felt really good.
"Water never seems to worry the Warwick arena,” she said.
She initially used Hot Chilli Woman for mustering at Taroom but the eight-year-old mare has retired from cattle work, there are younger horses needing a bit of training on cattle.
The Lamb family are all in Warwick for a week of campdrafting, their daughter Toni, 15, will be old enough to compete in the ladies in 2019. Son Lane, 13, is also keen on campdrafting but will have to wait for a little while yet to debut in Warwick.
The ladies final will be on Thursday afternoon.