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Hometown favourites are toast of Calliope

POPULAR WIN: Winner of the Calliope Rural Traders Cup owner and trainer Kathy Mylne, Ferocity Blue and strapper Julianne Lancaster.
POPULAR WIN: Winner of the Calliope Rural Traders Cup owner and trainer Kathy Mylne, Ferocity Blue and strapper Julianne Lancaster. Mike Richards

THE Calliope Gold Cup race meet was the perfect way to spend Boxing day.

Five races were held throughout the day and more than 350 people turned up to have a drink and a bet.

At 4.17pm almost everyone was trackside with all eyes on the final race.

There were six horses battling out the cup.

Only five horses crossed the finish line though, with number one, local Moonlight Magic left roaming the track without a jockey after a fall.

Just 1608m later, lucky number eight, Ferocity Blue, came through with the win, with jockey Nicole Vuille riding to success.

"It's my first time here to the Calliope track and only my fifth meeting back after a two-year break, so I'm pretty happy with the outcome," she said.

"I've been riding now since 2010, but mainly in NSW, so to come up to Queensland and have a win, it's an awesome feeling, but I'm buggered now."

When Ferocity Blue crossed the finish line, the crowd erupted with family members cheering.

"Yes, now we can drink from the cup," yelled one.

"Good ol' Blue pulls on through."

For owner Kathy Mylne the win is another notch on the belt of her long lasting career as an owner and trainer.

"It's lovely because I'm a Calliope local, I rode track work here 20 years ago, and I'm 74 so I'm still doing all right," she said.

"This horse won for me 10 days ago in Rocky and he's had 74 starts so he's done well too.

"Half an hour after another one of my horses won the cup a few years ago, Western Grace won in Brisbane, 20 races and $400,000."

And this won't be the last we see of Kathy. I've got four horses that I'm working on so we'll be back in more races.

"There are enough horses for me to train until I'm 80."

Jim Neill-Ballantine was back at the track yesterday too, after out of action for some time due to illness.

"I'd like to thank the Calliope Jockey Club for all their hard work on keeping the facilities and the track in top condition," he said.

"And it's great to have the old Calliope girl back, to see Kath take out the win."

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