TURF TOPICS: Field hot as Battler's Cup is up for grabs

PROVEN PERFORMER: Taylor Ratten pictured with Quick Spur who stayed the trip at 1900m.
PROVEN PERFORMER: Taylor Ratten pictured with Quick Spur who stayed the trip at 1900m. Renee Albrecht

TOMORROWS Gympie Times Battler's Cup is shaping up as one of the most interesting races of the year at the Gympie Racecourse.

This unique event will be contested over 2160m, by far the longest race of the season in Gympie.

Most of the 10 horses nominated for the $10,000 race have some recent form over a bit of ground.

Miles-trained galloper, Cool Days, who won over 1600m at Nanango last Saturday, looks well credentialled for the 2160m, while Blackjack Princess was third a couple of weeks ago over 1750m at Esk.

The Trevor Miller-trained Stainer has the genetics as a son of High Chaparral, to be suited by the trip while the Barry Gill-trained Quick Spur has won up to 1900m.

The Battler's Cup field will start in the 850m shute and complete another lap of the track after passing the winning post the first time.

A total of 56 entries were received for tomorrow's five-race card at the Gympie Racecourse with 10 nominating for the Battler's Cup.

Bath tribute

SATURDAY'S Topsy Bath Memorial Bracelet will pay tribute to one of Gympie's most accomplished horsewomen.

Topsy Bath, born Dorothy Mary Bath, had a passion for all things equestrian, excelling particularly at showjumping.

This took her as far as to the Sydney Royal Easter Show and overseas whilst she spent a great deal of time at the Gympie Showgrounds and Racecourse.

When Topsy passed away in 2013 she bequeathed a very significant amount to both the Gympie Show Society and the Gympie Turf Club.

Seeing double

JOCKEY Billie-Rose Derbyshire recorded an unusual "double double” at Nanango last Saturday when she won on both Kakadu Plumb and Karaharaga to repeat the result she had achieved at Esk the previous Saturday.

Toowoomba trainer Tom Dougall notched up his fifth winner for the month when he won with both Kakadu Plumb in the 1000m Class B and Sun Will Shine in the 1000m Open.

Miles trainer Bevan Johnson won a two track double when Cool Days won the 1600m BM 55 at Nanango and his stablemate, Murphy's Hustler, was victorious at Springsure.

It was not unusual for the Johnson stable to have runners at widely separated tracks last Saturday with the stable also represented by starters at Roma. Johnson-trained horses have raced at Cairns, Rockhampton, Nanango, Springsure, Emerald and Dingo.

The "have horses will travel” Miles-based stable won 48 races last season and have won eight races so for in this racing season.

Country cup

THE country cups season is now in full swing with a trophy race to be run almost every Saturday until Melbourne Cup day.

Nearest to home, the River Junction Gympie Cup is just on a month away with the $20,000 Cup over 1600m on October 22.

The River Junction Gympie Cup will finalise the $5000 Three Cups Gold Rush Challenge. Leading contenders for the $5000 prize to the most successful trainer over the three Cups are Pat Duff with Fasta than Light and Kerry Munce with Foregone.


JUNDAH and Tara stage their Cups on October 1 followed by the Warwick Cup on October 8.

Wondai stages its Cup ($10 000 1465m ) on October 15 a week prior to the Gympie Cup with the Stanthorpe Cup also on the 15th.

The Clifton Cup is held on October 22 while the annual Kumbia Cup ($8000, 1200m) is set down for Melbourne Cup day, November 1. Mt Perry joins in on November 12 with their Cup a BM 55 over1400m of $9000. The Gympie Turf Club will then stage the RSLA Sub-Branch Digger's Cup on November 26.

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