Rocky horses dominate at Gladstone Cup meet
ROCKHAMPTON horses starred in front of a crowded house of 2000 Ferguson Park racegoers on Saturday, winning the Gladstone Cup and the Newmarket.
The Nicholas Mannion-trained Interview enhanced his status as a sand-tracker with a last-to-first win of the $15,000 Gladstone Cup (1608m).
Tailed-off in the early stages, jockey Luke Dillon audaciously set Interview alight at the 800 metres from where he circled the field running to the lead before the home turn.
Sustaining the run under top weight of 59kg, Interview cleared out to beat Knowing Me by 2.75 lengths.
Jared Wehlow's Stop Crying was a nose away third while Jamie McConachy's Brillanconi led early before dropping out to finish 17.8 lengths last.
Interview's win atoned for his half-length second to Wehlow's Teddy Bare in the 2013 Gladstone Cup and followed on the heels of his Bundaberg Cup success on July 19.
Now the $20,000 Gympie Cup (1600m) on August 23 is Interview's immediate target.
A $290,000 yearling purchase by Nathan Tinkler's Patinack Farm, Interview was acquired by his syndicate of six owners headed by Grant Stockwell after his form slipped following city wins in Adelaide and Brisbane.
"Nicholas Mannion is the best horse trainer in Queensland and his partner (Tracy Matheson) is the best track rider," a jubilant Stockwell said.
Callaghan Park trainer Tom Button said Alpha owners Jamie and Jocelyn Sypher would have to get a "new trophy cabinet" after Schoorwin won Saturday's $12,000 Newmarket (1194m).
Capably handled by Carly-Mae Pye, Schoorwin shared the early lead before holding off track specialist Direct Debit to win by a half-length.
In four starts for Button, Schoorwin has won them all, proving to be a sand-dirt track toff after earlier Gladstone and then Clermont and Middlemount Cup wins.
Button has done a superb job with Schoorwin, which paraded pre-race in the mode of a very fit and well horse.
"I set him up for this race a month back and this was to be his grand final," Button said. "He keeps stepping up to the mark. The bookies kindly bet $5.00 so I took a bit of that. Carly (Pye) rode him great. I can't see the point in spelling him now."
Gladstone's popular Clerks of the Course, Roberta Spencer and Grant Olson share in the ownership of much-improved Base Jump, which easily won the inaugural Wayne Wilson Memorial (1000m).
The Gladstone Turf club next races on Cox Plate Day, October 25.