Joint owner of Solar Choice Stephen Clarke with daughter Sharee Palmer and jockey Faith Elliott after winning the Killarney Cup.
Joint owner of Solar Choice Stephen Clarke with daughter Sharee Palmer and jockey Faith Elliott after winning the Killarney Cup. Michael Cormack

Winner’s predicted owner victory

KILLARNEY-owned horse Solar Choice has taken out the Killarney Hotel-Motel Killarney Cup, after a narrow win at Allman Park.

Solar Choice, which broke the 1500m track record in her last outing at Allman Park was pushed to the very end by Euphorbia, but a strong finish down the main straight was enough to claim her first Killarney Cup.

Joint owner Les Clarke said all the hard work in the build-up had paid off.

"I'm delighted," Mr Clarke said.

"We set her for the race and she came through.

"She was made to work but she's got heart and she knows how to find the line, which is the most important aspect for a race horse.

"She was travelling well so I knew she was going to get home first."

Mr Clarke praised jockey Faith Elliott for her ride.

"She rode exactly how we asked her to," he said.

"She followed the instructions perfectly.

"It was a really good ride."

Maxine and Anton van der Westhuizen, Matthew Stephens and Rebecca Bates enjoy the Killarney Cup.
Maxine and Anton van der Westhuizen, Matthew Stephens and Rebecca Bates enjoy the Killarney Cup.

 

Mr Clarke, who also co-owns Mr Good Looking - which came second in the Gorgeous Coffee Lounge Maiden Plate (1100m), said the local support had been great.

"The amount of local support for her has been fantastic," Clarke said.

"I was telling everyone she would win so I'm very glad she has."

Clarke and the other owners were not the only ones celebrating on the day.

Warwick local Bob Hope celebrated his 70th birthday trackside, joined by family and friends.

Mr Hope's party at the races was a surprise from his wife of almost 48 years, Claire, with the pair's business Hope's Body Repairs sponsoring races at the Warwick Turf Club for the past 27 years.

"It was good," Mr Hope said. "I come to the races quite often. I'm a fairly big racing fan.

"It's good fun and a good social day out."

The surprise was almost ruined, however, when Mr Hope went to book a table.

"I had an inkling (of the party) when I rang (Warwick Turf Club secretary) Kristen (Doyle) to book a table for today," he said.

"I thought something was going on."

In the Fashions on the Field, Hayden Watt won the toddler's group, Aston Krogh and Ellysia Roche took out the junior category (age four to seven), Kendra Daniel and Zack Cooper were named best dressed couple, Pat Conway was judged the best dressed of the ladies and Brad Lambert took out the male category.

Claire Hope, Abbey McDonnell, Bob Hope and Jennie Porter gather to celebrate Mr Hope’s birthday at the Killarney Cup.
Claire Hope, Abbey McDonnell, Bob Hope and Jennie Porter gather to celebrate Mr Hope’s birthday at the Killarney Cup.

Angus Wickham Memorial Maiden Plate (1100m): 1. Mighty Chateau, 2. Dubling, 3. Honey Be Warned.

Gorgeous Coffee Lounge Maiden Plate (1100m): 1. Bizarre Rock, 2. Mr Good Looking, 3. Catamaran.

Sandy and Shirl's Benchmark 60 Handicap (1200m): 1. Captain Invincible, 2. Jade Mountain, 3. Conhenri.

Killarney Hotel Motel Killarney Cup Benchmark 65 Handicap (1500m): 1. Solar Choice, 2. Euphorbia, 3. Release Me.

Killarney Co-op Class B Handicap (800m): 1. Boot Shaker, 2. Stormy Arrival, 3. Darling Be Good.



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