Garth Barrett, Darren Guihot and Glenn Boston at the Warwick RSL TAB to watch Cuban in the Queensland Cup.
Garth Barrett, Darren Guihot and Glenn Boston at the Warwick RSL TAB to watch Cuban in the Queensland Cup. Gerard Walsh

Local punters put money on Cuban

WARWICK RSL chef-duty manager Glenn Boston thought four-year-old mare Cuban was a chance for a place when she was in the first four for much of the Queensland Cup on Saturday.

There was extra Warwick interest in the Queensland Cup as Cuban was part-owned by RSL manager Joann Schwenke and her husband Garry was also the trainer.

Cuban has yet to win a maiden but connections felt the 3200m race would suit her.

The cup was telecast at the Warwick RSL and Cuban led at the post the first time around and was fourth with 900m to go before dropping back.

“I would have won a couple of thousand dollars if Cuban won, it would have been a good night out,” Mr Boston said.

Mr Boston occasionally backed a horse and yesterday was special with Cuban having a local connection.

“It was a sentimental bet for Cuban for sure.”

He said Cuban had just started at the 3200m distance and was only four-years-old so had good potential.

Darren Guihot had no choice in what he was to do with a few dollars when he headed to the TAB at the Warwick RSL on Saturday.

“My wife told me to back Cuban,” he said.

Trainer Garry Schwenke said jockey Tim Bell told him after the race she could run 3200m.

“He said she had a tough run in transit but got the distance.

“Tim said to put her in a 2200m maiden in town and he wanted the ride.

“The jockey was positive after the race about her future.

“I was going to spell her but the other owners want to give her another run.

“It was good experience to have a horse in the cup, looking at the other horses and seeing what happens seasons you a bit more.

“I was talking to the winning trainer before the race about some of his horses.

“You learn a lot from people like them, I am just a battler from the bush, and some trainers have 100 horses in work in two countries.

“I was surprised with the support for our runner but knew we needed a lot of luck and got zero in the run but that's racing.

“There were about 20 people at the races from Warwick,” Schwenke said.

Bill Ogle didn't back Cuban on Saturday, he didn't have to test his luck on the outsider as had already won part of an Exacta which paid $638 in Melbourne and $1000 off his rent or rates in a preliminary draw in the RSL Win a Car Promotion.

Russell Ward said Cuban raced up with the pace in the cup.

“She will win a race on that form,” he said.

Les Clarke didn't back the Warwick-trained horse but said before the race he hoped she would win.

“The distance might help but I don't think she can win,” Clarke said.

“I don't bet for sentimental reasons, I like to see local horses doing well and reckon Cuban will win a race.”



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