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Sharing the glory after a dead heat … Huston Motors Kumbia Cup winners Chas Clifford, from Brisbane (part-owner of “Still The Same”) and Darryl Ward, from Deagon (trainer / part-owner of “Land Office”)

November 7, 2018

There was some sizzling action – and the weather was pretty warm, too – at Kumbia’s annual “Flemington In The Bush” Cup Day races on Tuesday.

A breeze helped to keep race patrons a bit cooler, but the demand for coldies kept the bar ticking over.

The Fashions of the Field competition (see below) was as hotly contested as ever, with many of the male entries braving the thermometer to wear coats and ties.

The local action paused at 2:00pm so racegoers could watch the racing heavyweights compete in Melbourne.

But the focus quickly turned back to what was happening in Kumbia.

Veteran Toowoomba jockey Ron Goltz brought home two winners and two seconds on the five-race card.

It was also a day of drama on the track.

Jockey Sophie Wilcox was tossed from “Ten Feet Tall” behind the barriers before Race 1, causing a delay to the start.

In Race 3, “Classic Beau” was scratched at the barriers, and “Bondi Battle” did not finish after pulling up with a leg injury.

Stewards later advised that “Bondi Battle” received veterinary treatment before leaving the course. The gelding will require a vet clearance prior to its next race start

But the boilover occurred in the feature event, Race 5 – the Huston Motors Kumbia Cup – where the judges initially named the winner as Deagon-trained “Land Office” (Ron Goltz) by a nose, but after reviewing the official photo – and before correct weight was declared – announced “Land Office” had actually dead-heated with “Still The Same” (Hannah Phillips) on the rails.

This result could create a conundrum for Queensland racing officials.

The winner of this year’s Kumbia Cup is eligible for a spot in the Country Cups Challenge which will be raced on George Moore Stakes Day at Doomben on December 1.

The challenge aims to bring together the winners of 16 Country Cups held across Queensland between September and November.

Will two horses now represent Kumbia?

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UPDATE:  After Race 5, permission was granted for “Snowdini”, a five-year-old unraced gelding, to gallop on the course. 

The gelding reared several times in the mounting yard before entering the track.

Near the 1200 metre mark, “Snowdini”  shifted in abruptly and broke through the inside running rail, dislodging apprentice Madeleine Wishart. She was treated by ambulance paramedics before being transported to hospital for precautionary x-rays.


Carolyn Stone, Chahpingah; Trudi Bartlett, Dalby; and Jules Entwistle, Kumbia

Kelleeann Slade, from Kingaroy, and Taylah Hancock, from Kumbia, were enjoying a day at the races

Jacqui Trace, Kingaroy; Kathy McMurdy, Kumbia; Opposition Leader and Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington; and Rosie Schmidt, Kingaroy

Various groups erected marquees trackside to enjoy a few drinks in the shade, but the largest area set aside was for Kumbia State School whose patrons had the opportunity to watch the Melbourne Cup live from Flemington in comfort

The “Kumbia Race Ladies” … a bunch of very busy volunteers in the canteen

Ex-Kumbia-ite Murray Beil was helping out with the steak burgers … the volunteers were having trouble keeping up with the demand!

Fashions of the Field judges Damien Tessmann, Coolabunia, and Hannah Leu, Haly Creek

Aaron, Brylie and Allison, from Kingaroy

Tori Liddle, Crows Nest; and Tracie Harlen, Kumbia

Rosie Schmidt, Kingaroy; Sally Bredhauer, Haly Creek; Kelly McLennan, Kingaroy; front row, Lisa Wilson, Inverlaw; Andrea Steele, Kingaroy; and Leonie Lennon, Kingaroy

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Fashions Of The Field

The Fashions of the Field competition is always popular on Melbourne Cup Day at Kumbia.

Ten entrants are selected in each of three categories – Classical Lady, Unique Styling and Gents – to parade before the crowd on the special catwalk for a chance to win some great prizes.

There were at least two “firsts” in the competition this year …

Kingaroy-Kumbia Catholic priest Fr Chukwudi Chinaka won the Gents competition; and Damien Martoo, from The Martoo Review, livestreamed his entry on social media.

Fashions Of The Field “Classical Lady” … Kathy McMurdy, Kumbia (runner-up), Verelle O’Shanesy, Kingaroy (runner-up) and Amy Smoothy, Kumbia (winner)

Fashions of the Field “Unique Styling” … Claire Fitz-Herbert, Goodger (runner-up); and Courtney Retschlag, Wondai (winner)

Fashions of the Field “Gents” … Steve Miatt, from sponsors Mitre 10, centre, with Matthew Ellison, from Southhampton UK (runner-up) , and Fr Chukwudi Chinaka, Kingaroy (winner)

Fashions of the Field entrant Damien Martoo live-streamed his effort for The Martoo Review

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Race Results

“Still The Same”, with Hannah Phillips aboard (rails), and Land Office, with jockey Ron Goltz, couldn’t be separated when the judges viewed the video replay of  Race 5, the Huston Motors Kumbia Cup Open Handicap

Race 1 – Class B Handicap (900m)
1. Princess Kandis (4) – Rebecca Goldsbury
2. Line Up (2) – Ron Goltz
3. Avasa (9) – Cecily Eaton
Time: 0:49.91
Margins: 3 1/2 lengths x 1 neck

Race 2 – Maiden Plate (1200m)
1. De Bandit Vega (5) – Ron Goltz
1. Black Envy (3) – Hannah English
3. Ringo’s Magic (7) – Miki Nakao
Time: 1:09.90
Margins: 1/2 head x 1/2 neck

Race 3 – QTIS Class 1 Handicap (1200m)
1. Mister Spinks (1) – Brooke Mackie
2. Mishani Silva (3) – Ron Goltz
3. The Intern (11) – Madeleine Wishart
Time: 1:08.78
Margins: 4 lengths x head

Race 4 – Jim Lenihan Memorial BenchMark 55 Handicap (1400m)
1. Gambit (6) – Miki Nakao
2. Fort Myer (5) – Joshua King
3. Legendary Luke (1) – Paul Hamblin
Time: 1:22.29
Margins: 1/2 length x 1/2 neck

Race 5 – Huston Motors Country Cup Challenge Qualifier/Kumbia Cup/Burnett 2 Beach Open Handicap (1400m)
1. Land Office (3) – Ron Goltz
1. Still The Same (7) – Hannah Phillips
3. Baker Boy (4) – Hannah English
Time: 1:21.26
Margins: Dead heat x 1 1/2 lengths

Princess Kandis (Rebecca Goldsbury) leads the field home for an easy win in Race 1

South Burnett Regional Council CEO Mark Pitt, Kumbia Race Club president Brian Lenihan and racing secretary Wendy Mathews presented the winner’s blanket to trainer Kieran Kirwin, now from Clifton but originally from Kumbia, (second from left), who took out Race 2 with “De Bandit Vega” … Council was one of the sponsors for the race

Mister Spinks (Brooke Mackie) won Race 3 by four lengths

Race 4 was the Jim Lenihan Memorial Stakes, named after the much-loved Kumbia racing identity who died in 2015 … Jim’s brother Brian and sister Bernice Bolton joined with sponsor Northern AgriServices’ representatives Michelle Jones and Brooke Rutledge and Racing Secretary Wendy Matthews to present the prize rug to the owner / trainer of “Gambit”, Laura Cronan, from Bundaberg (second from right)

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