Situated between St.George and Goondiwindi on the Barwon Highway, the small town of Talwood came alive last Saturday, October 6, for the running of their annual Talwood Cup race day.
People came from every where as a huge crowd packed the course for the races and night entertainment.
The fields stood up well with only four scratchings and racing was keen on a good track with fast times including a course record set by Talking Nonsense in race two.
Apprentice Joshua King was the most successful jockey with two wins a second and a third and also scored the ride of the day on Monching in race three.Josh had to content with Alphonse eyeballing him to the turn then had to ride Monching hard to hold out Release Me and Bernadecio who both charged home late to make it a close finish.
A Calcutta on the Cup, Fashion of the Fields, footraces for men, ladies and children along with the races certainly filled in the afternoon while fireworks early in the night followed by the band “Little Poppy” who entertained the late stayers. All in all it was a very successful day for president Michael Pegler and his committee.
Balboa Star led Mercurious and Grain Trader in the early and middle stages before being joined by Grain Trader before the turn. Grain Trader was hard ridden by Gary Geran but eventually edged away for a strong win. Skeyana made up good ground for third.
Spello led Astrolon, Talking Nonsense and Crash Bam Boom early and was still in command on the turn. Spello led for home but Talking Nonsense quickly pounced and shot away for a strong win in race record time. Crash Bam Boom finished a solid second ahead of the tiring Spello.
Shakes through his head in the air as the gates opened leaving him a distinct last when the field sorted themselves out. Alphonse and Monching matched strides all the way to the turn well clear of Release Me and Bernadecio. Monching shook off Alphonse and then with stood the late challenges of Release Me and Bernadecio. In a driving finish Monching lasted by a long neck to Release Me with Bernadecio a similar distance away in third place.
After chopping and changing in the first 200 hundred metres Tornazaky led Delforce, Fairglase and Crown News. Tornazaky showed no signs of weakening in the straight and easily accounted for Crown News who ran a creditable second with In My Face a very distant third.
Famous For Fun went to a clear lead over Gundy Red and Delusive and was still clear rounding the home turn with young Josh King staring down the barrel of three wins for the afternoon. Brendan Newport however had other ideas as he began to wind up Flying Pennant and go out after Famous For Fun chasing his first winner and he did just that. Flying Pennant came right over the top of Famous For Fun to win going away by a length. Famous For Fun was a game second with Delusive a plodding third. Brendan had smile on his face as he brought Flying Pennant back to the winners stall that will last for a few days to come.
By Barry Jones