Nolan eyes off Boxing Day win in Warwick
THE Michael Nolan trained Rough Eddie is the highest rated horse nominated for the Olsens Produce/Freestone Feedlot Magic Millions Country Cup on Monday at Allman Park.
The race doubles as a qualifier for the Country Cup on Magic Millions race day at the Gold Coast in January and is for $30,000 prizemoney.
There is a $20,000 bonus if the winner was sold at a Magic Millions sale.
Nolan lived at Massie before his family moved to Toowoomba and loves the chance to return to Warwick with starters for races at Allman Park.
He has nominated Rough Eddie, Magazine Miss and Widow's Walk for the Country Cup.
Rough Eddie has three firsts in his past five races
Warwick trainer Garry Schwenke has Sorority Sister, a last start winner at Coffs Harbour, in the race.
Fellow Warwick trainer Norm Hilton is planning to start five-year-old mare Had Me At Hello, a horse with two seconds and two thirds in his past 10 starts.
There are 108 nominations for the seven-event card.
Nominations have been extended for the races with nine and 10 nominations.
Boxing Day is a TAB meeting so there are more races and higher quality fields than at most Warwick Turf Club meetings.
The Boxing Day meeting and Warwick Credit Union Warwick Cup are traditionally the best supported meetings each year at Allman Park.
Warwick Turf Club president Phil Grant said the track was in picture perfect condition for the race meeting.
"We could handle a fair fall of rain this week and race on Monday as the track is as good as I have seen it,” Grant said.
"I would expect at least eight bookies to stand on the day.
"The closest race meeting on Monday is at Sunshine Coast so we will have more bookies than at a regular meeting.”
Grant said Boxing Day was a race day everyone caught up with each other for a chat.
"We have a DJ playing in the new pavilion from 3.30pm,” Grant said.
"Entertainment will go to 8pm.
"There will be a free courtesy bus from the course to the Warwick CBD between 6pm and 8pm.”
Gates open at 11am Monday.
Admission is $20 with children under 16 free.
There will be prizes for the best dressed on the day.
Olsens Produce/Freestone Feedlot MM Country Cup Qualifier Open Handicap 1200m - 21 nominations
Brian Bunch Plumbing BenchMark 65 Handicap 1350m - 18 nominations
Ray Bunch Machinery BenchMark 65 Handicap 800m - Nine nominations
Hector Hockings Memorial Class 3 Handicap 1100m -17 nominations
Hynes Newsagency/Carey Brothers Meats Class 1 Handicap - 1500m - 16 nominations
Steele's Bakery and Cafe Maiden Handicap 1500m - 17 nominations
PSP HD All The Best for 2017 Maiden Plate 800m - 10 nominations
Field and form for Monday's Boxing Day races and three state racing will be in Saturday's edition of the Daily News.