Local trainer looking for redemption
HORSE trainers throughout South East Queensland will be vying for their chance to claim the Warwick Cup title, and $14,000 prize money, this weekend.
With just four days until the race that will bring the town to a standstill, there are few local entrants in the 1500m open handicap race.
Trainer Michael Nolan, who was born and bred in Warwick but now calls Toowoomba home, will try his luck with young horse Archer’s Treasure at this year’s event.
“His last win was in Toowoomba in a 1300m race and he carried 60kg — which as a good honest effort,” Mr Nolan said.
“The question with him will be can he go the distance. I think the furthest we’ve gone with him is about 1400m but we’re keen to give him a go at the 1500m.
“This weekend’s race would be his first decent test at the journey.”
Nolan is no stranger to success at Allman Park, having previously won back to back titles in 2005 and 2006 — the only thing preventing a hat trick, the outbreak of equine influenza.
Despite last year’s event failing to run, Warwick Turf Club president Phil Grant said nothing should hold back this year’s race.
“We’re starting to build up here at the club — it’s all systems go at the moment. The nominations are good, now hopefully none of them will scratch,” Mr Grant said.
With the weather expected to remain dry, Nolan said the decent surface will go a long way for Archer’s Treasure.
“There’s probably a few different question marks, other than just the distance — if he draws a nice barrier and gets a good start, then he should have a good run,” he said.
“Barriers are important, they determine whether you win or lose a race.”