Weetwood win in sight for Nolan
MICHAEL Nolan learnt a lot about the racing industry on the family farm at Massie and now has the chance to win his second successive Weetwood Handicap on Saturday, at Clifford Park.
Nolan, his brother Paul and their father Paul snr all train in Toowoomba after the boys spent most of their childhood at Massie.
All three have been successful trainers, sometimes with horses part-owned by Southern Downs connections.
Michael has last year's winner Miss Imagica in the Weetwood Handicap, the biggest race west of the Great Dividing Range, on Saturday.
If she wins the big race, she will hold the record for the most ever feature wins on the Clifford Park track.
Warwick Turf Club president Jim Costello admitted he won't study the field closely until Friday but his early tip was Miss Imagica.
"The Michael Nolan-trained filly is a cushion track specialist."
This year is the first time Costello can remember the Weetwood being run on a Saturday.
"It has traditionally been on the show holiday Thursday when they got a lot of young people along to the races."
Costello didn't expect many of the starters from the minor races on Weetwood day to back up in the Warwick RSL-sponsored race day on April 20 at Allman Park.
"It depends on the horse but most trainers prefer two weeks between races.
"There are plenty of racehorses around so I don't expect any trouble to attract good nominations for Warwick," he said.
"The track is in brilliant condition and it is a while since we raced."
The April 20 meeting will be followed three weeks later by the Warwick Picnic Races.
Warwick has two race meetings in the final month of the current racing season, June 1 and June 29.