Long trip pays off for Toowoomba trainer
RACING: Trainer Ben Currie drove more than seven hours to make it to Warwick for the Olsens Produce/Freestone Feedlot Boxing Day Races and started with a first and second in the first two races.
His mother Donna Currie (nee Nolan) grew up at Massie just north of Warwick so Currie is always keen to support the Boxing Day Races in Warwick.
This year, he spent Christmas Day at Charleville where his father Mark Currie grew up so it meant a long drive this morning to Warwick.
Currie trained the most winners in Queensland in the last racing year and is one of the top trainers at metropolitan meetings as well as in the country.
He won race 2 in Warwick with Bismarc, a horse which was sent up from Victoria to race in Queensland.
"We started him in a maiden at Doomben for eighth and then dropped back in distance and made some gear changes for the maiden in Warwick,” he said.
"It was a good positive ride by jockey Skye Bogenhuber.
"There was a bit of give in the track at Allman Park which suits most horses.”
While storm clouds threatened the race meeting, the heaviest of the clouds went to the north west of Warwick just before 3pm.
He has high hopes for One Golden Day in the last, the Steele's Bakery and Cafe Magic Millions Country Cup Qualifier.
"I haven't had a starter in the Magic Millions Country Cup yet and we've been setting One Golden Day for this race for a while,” he said.