On what would have to now be one of Queensland country’s premier racing surfaces, a magnificent meeting was held to mark the first running of the Vern Kleinschmidt Goondiwindi Cup last Saturday.
In front of an enthusiastic crowd, racing commenced with the Morgan’s Benchmark 55 over 1000 meters and new comer to the district, Champagne Warrior $7 for Jackie Crompton was too strong for the fast finishing Man Overboard and Hidden Sequel.
Nathan Evans seldom comes to Goondiwndi without riding a winner and last Saturday was no exception as he wrapped up the first two races in fine style.
Evans then combined with trainer Tony Sears in the Paul Lynch Maiden Plate over 1100 metres with Squeaks Boy and was too good for Harvey Dent and Our Consolation, a further two lengths back.
Inverell trainer Luke Berger has really made a name for himself on the Queensland side of the border and produced Redsson in great order to just hold on from Quattro Fantastico and Will to Rule in the Vern Kleinschmidt Goondiwindi Cup over 1200 metres. Ashley Butler was the successful jockey.
Duckie Baker is another prolific Country trainer and Goondiwndi has been good to him recently as well.
Boweies Bayconi had just a little too much up side in the Black Truck and Ag Benchmark 45, again ridden by Butler.
Prince of Peace and General Kingsman filled the minor placings.
And in the 1,800 metre Benchmark 65 sponsored by Agrismart, Texas Trainer Rod Hilton saddled up 50 per cent of the field and quinellaed the race with Vegas Ruler for Melody Obrien.
Melody shot Vegas Ruler to an impressive lead and was just too fit and strong to hole of the stable mate Elegies.
And so on a great day and before an excellent crowd, the first running of the Vern Kleinschmidt Goondiwindi Cup was successfully held.
Bill Heck and his wife Pat where on hand to present the trophies and there were some good old stories repeated from old friends that remembered Vern on this wonderful day.
The next meeting will be on Saturday December 2 at Gunsynd Park and the club is working on a special event for the Friday night to support the club.
Take note of that date.