TAB racing returns to Allman Park on Saturday when Warwick Turf Club stages a six-racing meeting.
TAB racing returns to Allman Park on Saturday when Warwick Turf Club stages a six-racing meeting.

The incredible history behind Warwick Cup

IT'S Warwick's premier race day and this year the 160th running of the Warwick Cup is sure to kick start the spring racing season next Saturday.

After a significant down pour of rain halted last year's event, Warwick Turf Club president Phil Grant said "everything looks as though it has the go-ahead" next weekend.

"The track is in the best condition that it's been in for a while, which is always good heading into a Cup Day," Grant said.

"We've been pouring lots of recycled water from the council on the turf, so it'll be good to go, and the rainfall that we've had over the last two weeks was definitely needed."

Despite the fact nominations have not yet opened, Grant believes that this year's Cup will feature a dynamic field, with a good mix of jockeys and horses.

"Nominations aren't out until next week, but it's always a strongly contested event and we're expecting some great nominations this year," he said.

"Most year's there's a couple of locals that will chance their luck in the race, and have a bit of success but for the most part it's people from out of town.

"There's always a few interstate competitors and few out of town people like to come to our race because there's the chance to win a bit more money."

If all goes to plan, the Turf Club expects that the race will be completed in one go for the milestone event.

"This will be the 160th running of the Cup - it's one year older than the Melbourne Cup, and we don't like to forget it. It took three attempts to finish the running last year, so hopefully we can get it done in one go this time around."



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