Win for Warwick opens TAB race meet at Allman Park
RACING: Killarney trainer Les Clarke was victorious in the first race of Tuesday's Warwick Turf Club TAB meeting at Allman Park.
Clarke and his son Stephen, who lives in Warwick, are both part of the syndicate that owns Grandioso.
The five-year-old gelding was bought in Melbourne last year and the win yesterday was his second with the Clarkes looking after the horse.
"He won first up at Kilcoy in his last preparation,” Les said.
It will be no surprise that Les is hoping to run Grandioso in the Killarney Cup and make it two wins from the hometown trainer.
"I am hoping the cup will be run over 1350 or 1400m,” he said.
"It has got harder to win races, especially in TAB meetings when some of the metropolitan trainers start horses.
"Grandiose was running on strongly when he won at 1100m at Allman Park.”
Co-owner Scott Hutchison said it was always good to win at the races.
"It is good for the Warwick Turf Club for a local horse to win a TAB race. It is good to win a TAB race anywhere,” he said.
The prizemoney for a TAB meeting is double the regular meeting at Allman Park.
Grandioso now has four wins from 26 starts.
Warwick Turf Club president Phil Grant said there was a good little crowd at the races.
"I am happy with the crowd for a TAB midweek meeting and we will be hoping to build on the crowd when we have a similar meeting early next year,” he said.
"The nominations were reasonable, especially the large number of Warwick horses.
"It allows our trainers to make extra money without having to travel.”
The next TAB meeting is the Warwick Credit Union Warwick Cup on October 12.