Warwick Turf Club president Jim Costello with Warwick Credit Union CEO Lewis von Stieglitz in the broadcast box with the Cup.
Warwick Turf Club president Jim Costello with Warwick Credit Union CEO Lewis von Stieglitz in the broadcast box with the Cup. Gerard Walsh

Safe bet on the Warwick Cup

THE Warwick Credit Union has committed to sponsoring the iconic Warwick Cup race meeting for another three years.

Credit union CEO Lewis von Stieglitz reckons the sponsorship is the perfect fit for the financial institution.

“The Cup remains our biggest sponsorship on the Southern Downs,” von Stieglitz said.

“It fits in well with our keenness to support local community events.

"This is one of the iconic events of the year.

“The 150th Cup last year was a brilliant day in every way except the weather.

"It is an event which is always well supported by Warwick people.

“The success of the 2011 Cup was a credit to the Warwick Turf Club.”

The Warwick Credit Union first sponsored the race of the year at Allman Park in 1983 and will have sponsored the event for three decades by the end of the new three-year agreement.

Warwick Turf Club president Jim Costello said the support from the Warwick Credit Union meant the club could put on a cup equal to any country cups on the Darling Downs.

“Probably only Roma exceeds Warwick in prizemoney,” Costello said.

The Cup meeting is the only one each year with six races.

There was an exception in June when Racing Queensland funded an extra race at the end of the racing year due to the massive nominations.

Looking at the Allman Park Racecourse this week, it is difficult to believe the course was twice covered by floodwaters, either side of the new year.

Costello said there was only minor damage to the grass track from the floods, which would be corrected this year.

“We will start irrigating the track soon so it will be lush in time for the cup,” Costello said.

Last year, a lot of the horses came from northern New South Wales and the president believes the same could happen again.

“The winner of the 2010 cup was from Ballina,” Costello said.

The cup was run over 2000m, starting on the straight and covering a full lap, but is now raced over 1500m.

Costello said the shorter distance would attract better quality horses.

“That is the way breeding and racing has gone,” he said.

 

The 151st year of the cup

  •  Date: October 8, 2011
  •  Cup distance: 1500m, starts in chute against fence on Wallace St
  •  Race type: Open Handicap
  •  Gates open: 11am, six-event card
  •  Prizemoney: $20,000 for Warwick Credit Union Warwick Cup, $13,000 to winner. $12,000 for Frasers Livestock Transport Newmarket, an open handicap over 1100m. $7000 for each of the other four races.
  •  Marquee bookings: Starting from $35. Book at www.warwickturfclub.org.au.
  •  General admission: Patrons can also support the Cup through general admission.
  •  Bookies: Bookmakers will field on local, Brisbane and interstate metropolitan meetings.
  •  Entertainment: Fashions on the Field sponsored by CGU, the insurance partner of Warwick Credit Union


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