Two wins for trainer after battling tough conditions
On a race day that almost wasn't to be, Dalby trainer Matt Kropp pulled out all the stops to make sure his runners left a strong mark at the Warwick Cup Race Day.
Of four he sent into the mix, Kropp walked away with two wins under his belt from Super Suave and Rosie Posie.
Kropp said a little bit of luck came into play, putting forward two horses that faired well on a heavier track, with Super Suave thriving under the different conditions.
"We thought they'd both be nice chances but the rain-affected track certainly helped Super Suave," Kropp said.
"His best form has been on the heavy track. There was a fair bit of luck involved getting the heavy track among all this dry weather.
"I knew they'd both run well."
Competing in the Fraser's Livestock Transport Warwick Newmarket Benchmark 70 Handicap 1100m, six-year-old gelding Super Suave started strong before slipping back into fourth position, surging forward down the straight thanks to a stellar ride from jockey Gary Geran.
"He got it handed to him because they did it on a heavy track which is always harder to do, and to come from behind," Kropp said.
"They were aided by perfectly timed rides by Gary … That was the first start for us, we'd never raced him before. They were very thrilled with the result, the new owners were."
Star racer Rosie Posie competed in the race of the day, the Warwick Credit Union Warwick Cup Open Handicap 1500m.
With a much more convincing win, Rosie Posie took home yet another career win after sealing her first at the Dalby Saints Day.
Kropp also praised the work of jockey Geran, who rode both horses to victory at the weekend.
"They were going to be competitive, but they were given 10/10 rides by Gary Geran who is one of our regular jockeys," Kropp said.
"He has certainly been one of the better riders on the Downs here for a long time."
Kropp's other two horses, Jondy Des ridden by Taylor Marshall and She Likes a Drink ridden by Geran, competed well but fell short for reasons Kropp put down to the challenging race conditions and a heavier track.