Current & Past Winners

2019 Western Country Championship Qualifier

Dubbo trainer Darren Hyde enjoyed his biggest day at the track training a treble which was topped off by Westlink easily winning the Western Qualifier under Kosciuszko winning jockey Adam Hyeronimus. Barrier one proved a big plus for Westlink who raced midfield on the fence and when presented with a run 300m out he burst through to win running away. Clint Lundholm’s Sons Of Bourke claimed second place and a spot in the final much to the delight of the trainer, who had started some 16 horses previously without success, and his owners who, as the name suggests, hail from Bourke. Lundholm’s Sprezzatura finished in third place.

Race Record: 1:22.20 DANE DE LAGO 2015

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2019 Winner: Westlink
2nd Sons Of Bourke
3rd Sprezzatura
Time/Track 1:23.15 (Good 4)
Location: DUBBO

2018 Winner: Good Host
2nd Sea Lady
3rd Incision
Time/Track 1:23.76 (Good 3)
Location: DUBBO

2017 Winner: Stoneyrise
2nd La La Loopsy
3rd Not For Export
Time/Track 1:22.19 (Good 3)
Location: DUBBO

2016 Winner: Something Borrowed
2nd Not A Shadow
3rd Farewell Julia
Time/Track 1:23.15 (Soft 5)
Location: DUBBO

2015 Winner: Dane De Lago
2nd Yes Zariz
3rd Playing Game
Time/Track 1:22.20 (Good)
Location: DUBBO

2019 Mid North Coast Country Championship Qualifier

It was all supposed to be about Awesome Pluck making his way to the final but nobody told Taree trainers Wayne Wilkes and Bob Milligan. A perfectly timed ride from Andrew Gibbons saw Lucciola Belle weave her way from a spot near last on the fence to hit the lead in the shadows of the post cause an upset. Outsider Texas Storm made his run at the same time down the outside and cut Awesome Pluck out of second placing. The trainers of both qualifiers were adamant their horses would appreciate getting to the 1400m at Randwick. Awesome Pluck was stuck wide with cover for most of the race and was left a sitting shot.

Race Record: 1:11.75 SHEZA GYPSY 2015

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2019 Winner: Lucciola Belle
2nd Texas Storm
3rd Awesome Pluck
Time/Track 1:11.79 (Good 3)
Location: Port Macquarie

2018 Winner: Victorem
2nd Awesome Pluck
3rd Portatorio
Time/Track 1:12.51 (Good 4)
Location: Port Macquarie

2017 Winner: Cogliere
2nd Shotgun Roulette
3rd Ever So Natural
Time/Track 1:25.22 (Soft 7)
Location: TAREE

2016 Winner: Another Valley
2nd Ever So Natural
3rd Marmaduke’s Lady
Time/Track 1:24.41 (Good 4)
Location: TAREE

2015 Winner: Sheza Gypsy
2nd Explosive Scene
3rd Rinn Pierre
Time/Track 1:11.75 (Good)
Location: PORT MACQUARIE

2019 Southern Districts Country Championship Qualifier

It’s fair to say Bennelong Dancer punched above her weight in 2018 running second in the Southern District Qualifier and fourth in the final but in 2019 she emerged as a serious contender with a dominant win on her home track. Blaike McDougall had her positioned to strike soon after jumping and once they turned for home the mare exploded away to a three length victory to the cheers of her owners including trainer Donna Scott. Wagga mare Lady Mironton raced handy all the way and stayed on strongyl for second ahead of Forever Newyork who lumped the 59kg into third place.

Race Record: 1:22.81 STEAKANDBEARNAISE (NZ) 2016

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2019 Winner: Bennelong Dancer
2nd Lady Mironton
3rd Forever Newyork
Time/Track 1:22.08 (Good 3)
Location: Albury

2018 Winner: O' So Hazy
2nd Bennelong Dancer
3rd Class Clown
Time/Track 1:23.17 (Good 4)
Location: Wagga Wagga

2017 Winner: Lautaro
2nd Forever Newyork
3rd Challenge Accepted
Time/Track 1:24.09 (Good 3)
Location: Albury

2016 Winner:Steakandbearnaise (NZ)
2nd Mitchell Road
3rd Lord Von Costa
Time/Track 1:22.81 (Good 3)
Location: WAGGA WAGGA

2015 Winner: Loved Up
2nd Yet Tobe Convinced
3rd High Opinion
Time/Track 1:23.94 (Good)
Location: WAGGA WAGGA

2019 South East Country Championship Qualifier

Goulburn trainer Tash Burleigh was hopeful at best that perhaps one of her three runners would be good enough to qualify for Randwick but she’ll be taking two horses to the Final after Al Mah Haha and Bocelli ran one-two on their home track. It was an upset result but take nothing away from Al Mah Haha who raced wide without cover for the entire 1400m but Richard Bensley kept him going and he outlasted stablemate Bocelli dashing up on the fence. Another outsider in Supreme Polarity finished in third while odds-on favourite Noble Boy will have to head to Muswellbrook in a last ditch attempt to force his way into the final.

Race Record: 1:20.98 KOPI LUWAK 2018

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2019 Winner: Al Mah Haha
2nd Bocelli (JPN)
3rd Supreme Polarity
Time/Track 1:21.54 (Good 3)
Location: GOULBURN

2018 Winner: Kopi Luwak
2nd Pumpkin Pie
3rd Aquittal
Time/Track 1:20.98R (Good 4)
Location: GOULBURN

2017 Winner: Pumpkin Pie
2nd Steel Frost
3rd Chaquinta
Time/Track 1:22.48 (Good 4)
Location: GOULBURN

2016 Winner: Lofty’s Menu
2nd Bank on Henry
3rd Ashjata
Time/Track 1:23.20 (Soft 7)
Location: GOULBURN

2015 Winner: Without A Shadow
2nd Just A Blur
3rd Wings
Time/Track 1:22.00 (Good)
Location: GOULBURN

2019 Central Districts Country Championship Qualifier

It was an emotional victory for trainer Cameron Crockett, who had six runners in the Central District heat, winning his way to Randwick with Soul Secrets just a few months after the death of his father Max, the highly respected local horseman. Soul Secrets was the outsider of Crockett’s six runners but the lightly raced mare was ridden a patient race by Adrian Layt and she produced a sharp sprint when it counted to win. Longshot Noel’s Gift is sending another local trainer Gayna Williams to Randwick for the second year running after repeating his finishing position from a year ago with a burst down the outside.

Race Record: 1:22.52 BINALONG ROAD 2015

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2019 Winner: Soul Secrets
2nd Noel's Gift
3rd Barbass
Time/Track 1:24.15 (Good 4)
Location: Mudgee

2018 Winner: Cosmologist
2nd Noel's Gift
3rd Ori On Fire
Time/Track 1:33.91 (Heavy 8)
Location: Mudgee

2017 Winner: Distinctive Look
2nd Galaxy Warrior
3rd Jar of Hearts
Time/Track 1:23.07 (Good 3)
Location: WELLINGTON

2016 Winner: Pera Pera
2nd Iron Blue
3rd Heza Thief
Time/Track 1:23.50 (Good 3)
Location: WELLINGTON

2015 Winner: Binalong Road
2nd One Last Poet
3rd Hollywood Nell
Time/Track 1:22.52 (Good)
Location: BATHURST

2019 Hunter & North West Country Championship Qualifier

Tamworth trainer Cody Morgan left no doubt just how special the win by Unbiased was in the Hunter & North West Qualifier on his home track. He let the tears flow as the former Godolphin horse won the race first-up from a spell after being kept on ice for nine months when he won the Gunnedah Cup at his 20th start. The gelding is part-owned by Morgan’s parents and was ridden perfectly by long time friend Mitchell Bell. Unbiased jumped from barrier one and Bell sat patiently until a run presented and the six-year-old sprinted clear for an easy win. Scone galloper Tim’s Principal followed the winner through from second last to give Jeremy Gask his first Country Championships Final runner.

Race Record: 1:21.42 CLEARLY INNOCENT 2016

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2019 Winner: Unbiased
2nd Tim's Principal
3rd Hit The Target
Time/Track 1:21.80 (Good 4)
Location: TAMWORTH

2018 Winner: Suncraze
2nd Caerless Choice
3rd Unbiased
Time/Track 1:22.44 (Good 3)
Location: SCONE

2017 Winner: Caerless Choice
2nd Nic's Vendetta
3rd All Summer Long
Time/Track 1:25.56 (Heavy 8)
Location: SCONE

2016 Winner: Clearly Innocent
2nd All Summer Long
3rd Sargeant Doakes
Time/Track 1:21.42 (Good 3)
Location: SCONE

2015 Winner: Voodoo Lad
2nd Tarangower
3rd In A Wink
Time/Track 1:24.57 (Soft)
Location: TAMWORTH

2019 Northern Rivers Country Championship Qualifier

Leading trainer Matthew Dunn was widely expected to take out his third successive Northern Rivers Qualifier with one of his four runners and it was the short-priced favourite La Scopa who proved superior. Ridden a cool race by Jason Collett, the mare settled well back in the field but once brought to the outside in the run home she wound up powerfully and had a bit in hand. Runner-up Queen Of Kingston also booked her place in the final for trainer Daniel Bowen, she hit the lead about 200m out but had no answer to the favourite’s finish. Cinnamon Missile, stablemate of La Scopa, finished back in third place.

Race Record: 1:21.40 Perfect Dare 2017

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2019 Winner: La Scopa
2nd Queen Of Kingston
3rd Cinnamon Missile
Time/Track 1:21.98 (Good 4)
Location: GRAFTON

2018 Winner: Snitz
2nd Ferniehirst
3rd Iggy The Moocher
Time/Track 1:22.16 (Soft 5)
Location: GRAFTON

2017 Winner: Perfect Dare
2nd Free Standing
3rd Hotel Drive
Time/Track 1:21.40 (Soft 5)
Location: GRAFTON

2016 Winner: Profiler
2nd Ultimate Dreamer
3rd Legendary Luke
Time/Track 1:22.03 (Good 3)
Location: GRAFTON

2015 Winner: Redwolf
2nd Voltaire Lumiere
3rd Kareem’s Edge
Time/Track 1:22.01 (Good)
Location: GRAFTON

2018 Wildcard Country Championship Qualifier

He was favourite to win the Final before the qualifiers began but the Danny Williams-trained Don’t Give A Damn had to wait until the Wild Card to book his place after going under in the Goulburn heat. Kerrin McEvoy made a special trip to Muswellbrook to ride the gelding and he took the lead 100m after the start and didn’t look back. Don’t Give A Damn gives Williams three runners in the Final alongside Pumpkin Pie and Acquittal. Scone trainer Rod Northam has a knack of qualifying a horse and My Tagoson made a late charge to claim the second berth in the Final, snatching the spot from Vega De Lago and Ori On Fire in the last stride.

Race Record: 1:13.96 ARTLEE 2015

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2018 Winner: Don't Give A Damn
2nd My Tagoson
3rd Vega De Lago
Time/Track 1:14.40 (Good 4)
Location: Muswellbrook

2017 Winner: Pelerin
2nd After All That
3rd All Summer Long
Time/Track 1:17.81 (Soft 7)
Location: SCONE

2016 Winner: Chrysolaus
2nd Ashjata
3rd Kyogle Town
Time/Track 1:15.06 (Good 3)
Location: MUSWELLBROOK

2015 Winner: Artlee
2nd Rose’s Song
3rd Because We All Can
Time/Track 1:13.96 (Good)
Location: MUSWELLBROOK

2018 Country Championship Final – Royal Randwick

Victorem went into The Country Championships as one of the least experienced contenders with just four runs under his belt but stamped himself as one to watch when he bookended the series with an impressive two-and-a-half-length win in the final. With seven weeks between the Mid North Coast Qualifier and the $500,000 final, Port Macquarie trainer Jenny Graham knew it was going to be hard to keep Victorem fit and sound but she got it right. When jockey Ben Looker squeezed Victorem through a gap on the rails he exploded and the race was all over. Favourite Don’t Give A Damn finished a gallant second while the Southern Districts pair of O’ So Hazy and Bennelong Dancer were the surprise performers, crossing the line in third and fourth place at odds of $41 and $201. It was a great result for the region, especially since legendary local broadcaster Allan Hull had the honour of calling the race.

Race Record: 1-21.51 VICTOREM 2018

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2018 Winner: Victorem
2nd Don't Give A Damn
3rd O'So Hazy
Time/Track 1:21.51 (Good 4)

2017 Winner: Free Standing
2nd After All That
3rd Not For Export
Time/Track 1:26.63 (Heavy 8)

2016 Winner: Clearly Innocent
2nd Pera Pera
3rd Ever So Natural
Time/Track 1:24.52 (Soft 6)

2015 Winner: Artlee
2nd Tarangower
3rd Voodoo Lad
Time/Track 1:24.44 (Heavy)