Magic win in the cup
RACING: Jackie Crompton had a special reason to celebrate a Killarney Hotel Motel Cup victory at Allman Park on Saturday - her father Ken Dowling trained the winner 15 years ago.
Crompton trained Storm Magic to a comfortable victory in the cup, her third cup win with the five-year-old gelding.
Storm Magic last year won the Tara Cup, in a town where Crompton grew up, and has added Kilcoy and Killarney cups for good measure.
"He has won up to 1800 metres but is best at 1600," she said.
Storm Magic won at 1500m on Saturday.
"It was exciting to win after Dad trained the family-owned Green Spirit to a Killarney Cup win in a Class 6 race on May 20, 2000," Crompton said.
She has 10 horses in work in Toowoomba and is eyeing off the possibility of nominating Storm Magic in this year's Warwick Credit Union Warwick Cup.
"We are looking at Tara again and St George but also Warwick," she said.
"Warwick is one of the closest cups to Toowoomba."
Storm Magic is owned by Crompton, her husband Wayne and John and Jenny Schmidt.
Armidale trainer Paul Grills travelled to Warwick with second-placegetter Luna Lang which was ridden by apprentice Jodi Worley.
Albert's Choice was ridden into third place by Chris Maund.
The second major race on the day was the Angus Wickham Memorial Maiden Handicap, which was won by Madame Bollinger who finished strongly to win by a head. Lyall Appo was the winning jockey.
Warwick Turf Club president Phil Grant said he was extremely happy with the support for the meeting.
"We had full fields in four of the five races," he said.
"In the past year, things seem to be picking up with races at Allman Park. A few TAB days have helped as there are always good reports about the quality of the track.
"We have had a few trainers from the Gold Coast at the past couple of meetings."
The next meeting will be the Jumpers and Jazz in July meeting on July 25 and then a TAB meeting is scheduled for Friday, August 21.
The Warwick club has five TAB meeting scheduled from August 21 to February 20 as well as the highest profile meeting of the year, the Warwick Credit Union Warwick Cup on October 10.
Grant said some of the TAB meetings have been granted to Warwick due to work at the Eagle Farm Racecourse in Brisbane.
"Long term, the club would like three or four TAB meetings each year," Grant said.