By Casey OÇonnor
Dalby mare Rosie Posie has taken out the 160th Warwick Cup at the Warwick Turf Club at the weekend – her second cup in two years.
The Warwick Turf Club opened the Allman Park gates to patrons for the running of the Cup – the first meeting with patrons on course since COVID-19 struck.
Patron, owners, trainers and jockeys were all keen to support the meeting with a good crowd attending and nominations holding up after acceptances and scratchings.
The main event the famous Warwick Cup, sponsored by the Warwick Credit Union, attracted a capacity field.
There is a nursery rhyme that goes along the line, “Rosie Posie, Pudding and Pie, Kissed the boys and made them cry”, but there were only tears of joy after the running of the Cup.
Dalby trainer Matt Kropp once again showed his penchant for Country Cups when Rosie Posie, well ridden by apprentice Kate Cowan, made it back to back wins in the Cup.
The striking white/grey seven-year-old mare was well handled in running by the claiming apprentice Cowan.
With her 1.5kg claim, the winner of last year’s cup carried only 56.5 kgs.
The mare had been in good form recently and two starts back won the Dalby Cup with Cowan in the saddle.
The Warwick Cup win takes the mare’s earning to in excess of $335,000 for connections.
On Saturday Rosie Posie started at the exceptionally good odds of $3.40.
Not satisfied with a win in the event Kropp’s other runner Scrabble was an eye-catching third in the race.
The other major race on the seven-event program was the Fraser’s Livestock Newmarket run over 1100metres.
Peridae led early in the race with eventual winner Few Too Many ($5.50) standing the leaders up several lengths getting to the home turn.
In an eye-catching ride, Brisbane jockey Matthew Gray secured a clear passage through the middle of the field and drew away for a comfortable win.
Local galloper Calpo Di Tamburo ($4) trained by Leo Roche finished second with Sunshine Coast visitor See for Yourself ($26) filling the other minor place
The meeting opened with the running of the Hire Solutions’ Benchmark 50 over the 200metre trip. North Queensland jockey Justin Stanley was not happy with slow pace in the early stages of the race and circled the field on the Toowoomba trained Bracken at the 1400metre mark taking the horse to the front and dictating the pace of the race.
The grey was challenged in the straight by four or five runners but in a gutsy effort managed to hold off all comers to land the money in a photo finish.
Filling the minors were Moss Go Now and $2.60 favourite Reasonare.
The gelding trained in Toowoomba by Trevor Lambourn came into the race with good form having won an 1850metre race in Toowoomba at his previous outing.
The Gross Wholesale Meats Maiden over 1350 was won by Dinny’s A Suspect. Starting at $19 the Dalby visitor sat midfield during the race before swooping on the leaders in the straight
In the third the Warwick Vet Clinic Fillies and Mares Benchmark 50 over 1350 favourite and eventual winner Semaphore Girl gave her backers a few heart stopping moments.
She was fractious in the barriers and was a clear last when the starter let the field go. Veteran jockey Ron Goltz showed all his experience and did not panic on the mare but she did not making his job easy when she galloped up on the heels of the second last horse mid race.
Goltz got the favourite to settle allowing her find her way into the race.
Myola Milley went to the lead on straightening but was very wayward in the straight. Semaphore Girl hit top gear in the straight and got the money by a nose on the line from Myola Milley.
Oakey visitor, Court Rules jumped well in the Warwick Hotel Benchmark 55 for Colts and Geldings and worked to the front in the early stages.
At the 600m mark he held a handy lead and snuck two lengths on the field when they straightened going on to win comfortably.
Lawazi and Ringo’s Magic boxed on well in the straight for the minor placings without threatening the winner.
The last event on the program was a Benchmark 58 over 1100m sponsored by Hutchinson Quarries. Wolf Boss gave Justin Stanley a winning double when he responded to hard-riding in the straight after Stanley secured a run through the centre of the pack on the Lindsay Hatch trained galloper.
The four-year-old gelding has only recently joined the Hatch yard in Toowoomba from the Mornington Peninsula.
His win was impressive and he could be one to watch from the meeting.
Stanley bookended the meeting with wins in the first and last events.
Organisers were thrilled with the Cup meeting which was a success from the Cup Calcutta on Friday night through until the very last patron left the course on Saturday.
Mother Nature turned on amazing weather and the crowd dressed to impress. Special thanks must go to the many sponsor’s who threw their support behind the Cup meeting.
The committee, volunteers and staff of the Turf Club are to be congratulated for their work behind the scenes to ensure the meeting was a great success.