Gympie racing legend Cavlon dies at age 30
CAVLON, one of the best gallopers produced in Gympie has gone to the great racecourse in the sky.
He certainly had a good innings - the rising 30 year old died last week after spending a couple of decades in the paddock.
By the Todman horse Conor, out of the Summer Fair mare, Mel's Gift, Cavlon was bred, raced and trained by Ken Cavanough.
The best of his many race wins was the Lord Mayors Cup at Eagle Farm.
The Cavanough's also had success with another of Mel's Gifts foals, Our Beech, who won the Gympie Gold Nugget two year old.
She was by the then Gympie based stallion, Bough Beech.
THE annual Burrandowan Picnics will be staged this Saturday with the 91st running of the iconic "bush" meeting.
The five race card has received excellent support from owners and trainers with 54 entries for the races - no doubt boosted by the RQ and the Governments increased funding for such meetings.
Base prize money for all races is $6000 with the main race, the 1200m Open worth a total of $7500.
No Gympie trained horses have been entered for Burrandowan as training facilities at the Gympie Racecourse were shut down last weekend for Show preparations to begin and the track will not re-open until May 21.
The Burrandowan track is situated about 66kms west of Kingaroy - literally "in the middle of nowhere".
Money for charity
THE local community gets together to stage the race day which begins with a clay target shoot at 9am and concludes with a pit barbeque and dancing under the starts.
The Burrandowan Club has raised many thousands of dollars for charities and last year presented a cheque for $7000 to the Royal Flying Doctor Service.
Burrandowan should definitely be on the list of "to dos" for anyone interested in racing.
ROCKHAMPTON apprentice jockey, Adrian Coome has rocketed to the top of the Qld Country Jockeys premiership with a recent run of successes by Craiglea horses.
Coome is top of the Country list with 96 winners to date at the outstanding strike rate of 25.9% with Skye Bogenhuber in second on 55 1/2 wins at 17.7%.
Coombe won the $30,000 1200m QTIS Two Year Old at Mackay last Saturday on the Peter Fleming Gympie trained Craiglea Cruz before saddling up for victories at Townsville on Tuesday aboard Craiglea Tequila in the three year old and Craiglea Seal (trained by Trevor Miller) in the QTIS Two Year Old.
These wins earned over $40,000 for the Craiglea team.
Craiglea Cruz has emerged as one of the best two year olds, and certainly the most travelled, in the State with his four wins in Brisbane (Eagle Farm), Ipswich, Townsville and Mackay.
Craiglea Cruz had won a $50,000 race at Townsville prior to the Mackay success and has amassed over $116,000 in prizemoney from his 11 starts.
He is a completely Craiglea Stud product being by the Viscount stallion, Warhead from a Waterford Road mare with both stallions doing duty at the Kenilworth Stud.
As a result, Warhead is currently eighth on the list of First Season sires throughout Australia.
Craiglea Cruz may be back in Townsville on June 1 to contest north Queensland's richest Two Year Old race, the $100,000 Great Northern over 1200m.
Craiglea have a depot at Bowen to base some horses on the 1200km Gympie to Townsville trek.
$5000 horse pays off
BUNDABERG owner, Ross Hassam, won back twice his outlay to buy a Natural Destiny filly when Hooded Destiny won the QTIS 600 maiden in Bundaberg last Saturday.
Ross Hassam, husband of trainer, Mary Hassam, paid $5000 for Hooded Destiny at the 2011 MM QTIS 600 yearling sale.