Boxing Day Calliope Gold Cup in Calliope. Photo Christopher Chan/The Observer
Boxing Day Calliope Gold Cup in Calliope. Photo Christopher Chan/The Observer Christopher Chan GLARACE

100th Calliope Cup a winner

CALLIOPE Jockey Club seemed the place to be this Boxing Day, with thousands of race enthusiasts flocking to the track to share in the celebrations of the 100th Calliope Gold Cup.

And what a great way to spend Boxing Day it was.

Tents were set up, chairs in place, fascinators strategically placed, drinks in hand and food at the ready.

What more could people want?

Great race action?

Well there was certainly that too, with a five-race program taking advantage of the sun.

Winning the 100th Calliope Gold Cup was Star of Minot, a horse trained by Rockhampton's Neil Boyle and ridden by Shane McGovern.

"This was my first time at the Cup," Boyle said.

"To come away with the win was pretty exciting. This is a horse's course and you need to have the right horse to win. I was lucky I had the right one.

"It is a great little race and I would definitely come back in the future."

Organiser Jim Neill-Ballantine was happy to finally see the 100th Cup handed over.

"After last year's weather we were just hoping that today would go ahead and that we could celebrate the 100th Cup," Neill Ballantine said.

"Thankfully all went to plan. It has been a very successful day."

Off the track fashions on the field was won by a mother and daughter team. Daughter Jessie Beale won, with mum Margaret Neill-Ballantine runner-up.

Results

Race 1

Landmark QTIS Maiden Plate

9 Looking at Lace

11 Domineering

2Dark Hombre

Race 2

Conag Equipment Class 2 Handicap

1 The Regal One

4 Savage Hemline

Lightning Flash

Race 3

Barlow Civil Class B Handicap

4 Ghiaccio

9 Play a Tune Kenny

10 Uptowm Eagle

Race 4

Raine and Horne Class 5 Handicap

2 Big is Big

3 Final Arbiter

3. 1 Magic Pearl

Race 5

Calliope Rural Traders Gold Cup open Handicap

5 Star of Minto

1 Cocktail Supreme

3 Columate



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