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Cup Day Triumph At Kumbia

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Owner Jye Banks, from Oakey, hoists the Kumbia Cup after Hidden Budget took out this year’s feature race … Hidden Budget is trained by his father, Graham

November 6, 2019

Hats off to the Kumbia Races … literally! Despite the incredibly windy conditions, the annual Kumbia Cup race went off with only a few hitches on Tuesday.

Wind gusts up to 72km/h were measured officially in Kingaroy which meant the fascinators were flying at Kumbia.

The betting ring and bar proved popular spots to congregate out of the wind and despite all this, the large crowd seemed to be enjoying itself.

The Fashions of the Field competition was moved into the luncheon shed as the catwalk was deemed too dangerous in the conditions but no one seemed to mind.

The entrants paraded around the tables, soaking up applause from the audience.

The Kumbia Races were part of the special “Pinking Up The South Burnett” event which is sweeping across the region at the moment to raise funds for the McGrath Foundation.

The fashion theme was “A Dash Of Pink” which meant there were plenty of pink ties, pink hats, pink shoes and pink clutch bags.

A big crowd gathered around the TV screens to watch the Melbourne Cup televised live from Flemington.

There were plenty of cheers when the winner was declared with many punters backing the “local” favourite (see below).

On the Kumbia track, there were only a few hiccups.

Race 1 was delayed because of a problem with the weigh-in scales and late scratchings were declared in three races – including five in the Kumbia Cup – due to a shortage of jockeys.

Drought conditions led to a firm track although a generous donation by AGL Energy earlier in the week to water the grounds helped keep the dust down.

Seasoned racegoers commented how well-behaved the horses were despite the strong winds.

The racing was fast – the tailwind down the straight probably helped – with the closest finish in Race 1.

The main race of the day was Race 5, the Huston Motors Kumbia Cup.

Winner Hidden Budget is now eligible to compete in the Country Cups Challenge at Doomben on November 30 against the winners of other Country Cup meetings.

The Kumbia Cup was the second last leg of the 16-race competition, with the final leg to be completed at Roma.

Punters and fashionistas take note: Next year’s “Flemington In The Bush” race day will be extra special as the club will be celebrating 50 years of Melbourne Cup Day racing at Kumbia.

Kumbia Cup winner Hidden Budget, with a beaming Sally Sweeney on board, comes back to the mounting yard

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Melbourne Cup winner Vow and Declare made a few dollars for punters at Kumbia who backed the gelding with the bookies because of its (almost) local connections.

Gympie Deputy Mayor Bob Leitch and Gympie State High School principal Anthony Lanskey are members of the syndicate that owns the horse.

That’s about as close to a Melbourne Cup winner that the South Burnett has enjoyed!

Mayor Keith Campbell sashed the Best Dressed Lady, Shae Cull, from Kingaroy, and runner-up Melissa Carmichael, Dalby

Most Stylish Lady winner Verelle O’Shanesy, Kingaroy; and runner-up Barbara Thompson, Cooyar

Best Dressed Gentleman was Matt Barbour, Kumbia; with runner-up Clem Smith, from Kingaroy

Stephanie Stevens, Kumbia, with McGrath Foundation breast care nurse Sue Cox, the figurehead for the “Pinking Up” campaign

Matt Schmocker, Tom Chapman and Amy Kempson, from Kumbia, with Damien Tessmann, from Coolabunia (second from left)

Andrea Magee, from Kingaroy, with Jules Simpson, Gympie; Tracy Fitzgerald, Texas; Kathy Strauch, Gympie; and Francine Hancock, Kingaroy

Bernadette Upton and Michelle Rutley, from Kingaroy, were celebrating after the Melbourne Cup … they both backed the winner!

Holly Keliher, Murgon; Delvene Woltmann, Kingaroy; Kelly McLennan, Kingaroy; and Rosie Schmidt, Kingaroy

South Burnett Regional Council’s Cr Terry Fleischfresser, Mayor Keith Campbell and Cr Ros Heit

Tori Liddle and Kate Francis, from Kumbia, were in the pink for the races

Kumbia Race Club treasurer Margaret Kearney and president Brian Lenihan

Dr Anthony Crombie, from Brisbane, played the Call To Post ahead of each race … Dr Crombie came up with 47 other people on a bus organised by former Inverlaw resident Russell Reed

The betting ring – out of the wind and with its TV coverage of the races from Flemington – proved to be a popular spot

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Run The Cutter, on the outside, hits the line just ahead of Forgotten Feeling in Race 1, the closest finish of the day

Race Results

Race 1 – Kevin Taylor Memorial Class B Handicap (900m)
1. Run The Cutter (2) – Gary Geran
2. Forgotten Feeling (7) – Jason Missen
3. Shelly’s Dream (4) – Sally Sweeney
Time: 0:50.43
Margins: Head x 1 1/2 lengths

Race 2 – Margaret Golinski Memorial Maiden Plate (1200m)
1. Bel Strider (9) – Hannah English
2. My Cousin Baby (6) – Heather Poland
3. He’s All White (3) – Leeanne McCoy
Time: 1:10.10
Margins: 1 1/4 lengths x 2/2 head

Race 3 – Boy & Joyce Reed / Burnett To The Valley QTIS Class 2 (1200m)
1. News Director (3) – Tessa Townsend
2. Aklavik (2) – Bruce Powell
3. Heart Of Kings (1) – Jason Missen
Time: 1:10.00
Margins: 3 1/4  lengths x 3/4 length

Race 4 – Jim Lenihan & Helen Smoothy Memorial 0-55 Handicap (1400m)
1. Ruler’s Pride (4) – Hannah English
2. Macmissile (7) – Tessa Townsend
3. All Ellie (9) – Gary Geran
Time: 1:22.51
Margins: Long neck x 1 length

Race 5 – Country Cups Challenge Qualifier / Huston Motors Kumbia Cup (1400m)
1. Hidden Budget (5) – Sally Sweeney
2. Chamberlain (8) – Tessa Townsend
3. Pick Of The Pubs (1) – Leeanne McCoy
Time: 1:21:92
Margins: Long neck x 1 3/4 lengths

Kumbia Race Club president Brian Lenihan and his sister Bernice Bolton presented part-owner Gavin Dibble, from Roma, with the rug prize after ‘Ruler’s Pride’ won Race 4, the Jim Lenihan & Helen Smoothy Memorial Handicap

Race 2 winner Bel Strider, ridden by Hannah English, led the way home in Race 2 … English rode two winners and also dead-heated for first place in the fun women’s foot race at the end of the day


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