Damien Lane will return home to Coonamble on Sunday, October 8 with a trio of runners with the feature Coonamble Cup to be run with a field of nine contesting the Wyong stable will supply, Choice Larga with Ben Looker aboard jumping from barrier (5).




Class: Class 2, Handicap

4 year old bay gelding (9-9-2013) Sire: Hard Spun (USA) Dam: Jasmine Rose (Carnegie (IRE)) View Pedigree Report
Breeder: Mr R Walker
Owners: D F Lane, R B Walker, Mrs E L Hollingworth, S P Hodgson, T J Lane & C Brydon
Colours: Blue And White Quarters, Blue Sleeves, Red Cap

The first of the Lane prepared runners will see Rastafarian compete in race three in a class 2 handicap over 1100 m with Ben Loooker aboard jumping from barrier five.

Last time out the four-year-old gelding finished six of 10/1100m, three weeks ago at Dubbo in a class 2, he has taken the major prize once this preparation, & is a speedy type that cannot be overlooked here.




Class: Handicap

Prizemoney: $45K

Race seven will see the feature Coonamble Cup played out with Choice Larga to be joined by Ben Looker jumping from barrier (5).

7 year old bay gelding (3-10-2010) Sire: Al Samer Dam: Larga Vista (USA) (Seeking the Gold (USA)) View Pedigree Report
Breeder: Emirates Park Pty Ltd
Owners: M J Murphy, P J Walker, P A Williams, A G McCarthy, M N Hancock, C T Porter, A Purcell, M R Fisher, June Rose Synd (Mgr: Ms A Murphy) & Days Off Synd (Mgr: S J Blair)
Colours: Black, White Lightning Bolt, Pale Blue Sleeves, Pale Blue And Black Quartered Cap

Choice Larga is a seven-year-old gelding, who last raced at Rosehill in a BM83/1300 m a week ago, finishing midfield six of 12 on that occasion when ridden by Brock Ryan. Choice Larga has competed at the distance on three occasions for one placing, with the majority of his five wins coming off a good surface, he has not won for 65 weeks though based off a 6.4 defeat by Invincibella in town, he appears to have found a race that he could bounce back to the winners stall.

He is currently a $2.45 chance.




Class: Class 3, Handicap

The final stable runner will see Mosaytion compete in race 8, in a class three handicap over a mile with Ben Looker aboard jumping from barrier 6 over a mile.

5 year old bay gelding (9-9-2012) Sire: Mosayter (USA) Dam: Comeinspina (NZ) (Spinning World (USA)) View Pedigree Report
Breeder: Mr P Grant
Owners: Mrs G P Kelly-Grant, D F Lane & Grant Thoroughbred Holdings (Mgr: P Grant)
Colours: Gold, Black Stars, Gold Cap With Black Lightning Bolt

Mosaytion was last seen finishing second of 14 over a mile three weeks ago at Dubbo, in a class 3, 2 runs prior to that saw the five-year-old gelding land the prize at Port Macquarie when racing on a soft seven scoring by 1.83 lengths.

Mosaytion has won on three occasions from 21 starts over 1400m,1500m & a mile.

Best of luck to all connected at Coonamble on Sunday.

Coonamble Race Club

To contact the Coonamble Jockey Club ring the Secretary on 0400 382 509 or email cblejockey@live.com.au

History of the Coonamble Jockey Club.
The first race meetings in the Coonamble district were held in the 1860’s on Patrick
McMahon’s Geanmoney run, which extended from the present aerodrome area to
Combara, on the western side of the Castlereagh River.

These race meetings were informal affairs organised among friends who had travelled to
town on horse back.

Later the group started a Jockey Club and raced at a track which
encircled the old cemetery which was situated on the eastern end of Warrena St.
Within ten years there were 40 horses stabled in Coonamble for local race meetings held on
surrounding properties. In 1878 the site of the present racecourse was approved and a
grandstand built.

The very first recorded Gold Cup was held in 1910 followed by a second one in 1911. There
are no records of further gold cups until 1959. The meetings from 1959 were run as an
important event in the Coonamble Wool Festival.

The meetings of the 60’s and 70’s were
big affairs, attracting Sydney horses and jockeys for the Monday meet. Since 1959, the Gold
Cup meetings have been a yearly event, except for two rain and one EI virus interruptions.
The 1969 Coonamble Gold Cup race meeting was abandoned due to wet weather. However,
the local community and the many visitors (including Sydney and Provincial owners, trainers
and jockeys) were not completely disappointed.

The Coonamble Jockey Club president, Mr Edward Kennedy (“Kensington”) had nominated his impressive horse “Transit” in the cup and Warwick Farm trainer John Poletti was quite confident his horse, “Opening Duel” could win the prestigious event.

After much banter about whose horse would have won the race,
they decided to settle this matter by challenging one another to a foot race down the main
street of Coonamble. John Poletti won the race, however legend has it that Kennedy
suffered a fall, thus making it an easy win for his opposition.

The 2007 Gold Cup was not held because the racing industry was in lockdown because of
the Equine Influenza outbreak.
The 2008 Gold Cup was won by Miss Alberta and last year the Muswellbrook trained
Newton’s Rings won the 2009 Gold Cup with Hari Singh on board.
photo of Damien recieving the trophy for
Kanguru, taking out the Coonamble Cannonball 2017

Download the full list of Gold Cup winners below

Gold Cup Prevous Winners Gold Cup Prevous Winners (25 KB)

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