Current & Past Winners

2022 Northern Rivers Country Championship

All eyes were on Murwillumbah trainer David McColm and his promising three-year-old Far Too Easy and it’s fair to say the horse lived up to the hype. After a tough run in transit, sitting wide worse than midfield, he was set alight by jockey Ashley Morgan and hit the lead about 200m out. From there it wasn’t so easy as the runner-up Zoukina, trained by Ballina’s Stephen Lee, went with him and only failed narrowly in a tight finish. Parksville, trained at Coffs Harbour by Brett Dodson, finished a close third.

Race Record: 1:21.40 PERFECT DARE 2017

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2022 Winner: Far Too Easy
2nd Zoukina
3rd Parksville
Time/Track 1:22.25(Good 4)
Location: GRAFTON

2021 Winner: Baileys
2nd Tara Jasmine
3rd Sugar Baby
Time/Track 1:23.42 (Soft 6)
Location: COFFS HARBOUR

2020 Winner: Plonka
2nd Gracie Belle
3rd Dreaming Of Biscay
Time/Track 1:24.62 (Good 4)
Location: GRAFTON

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

2022 South East Country Championship

Braidwood’s Testator Silens overcame a tricky draw, with an aggressive ride from Jean Van Overmeire, to claim victory in an exciting finish at Nowra. The Luke Clarke trained four-year-old gelding once again showed great fight as he knuckled down to win right on the line to give the trainer his first finalist in the Country Championships. Goulburn’s Tash Burleigh was narrowly denied an upset win with To The Nines but has qualified yet another runner for the $500,000 final. Locally trained Blue Missile looked the winner for most of the straight before tiring the last few strides to run third.

Race Record (NOWRA): 1:21.56 TESTATOR SILENS 2022

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2022 Winner: Testator Silens
2nd To The Nines
3rd Blue Missile
Time/Track 1:21.56 (Good 4)
Location: NOWRA

2021 Winner: Art Cadeau
2nd Leg Work
3rd Rothenburg
Time/Track 1:23.50 (Soft 7)
Location: GOULBURN

2020 Winner: Julian Rock
2nd Al Mah Haha
3rd Irish Songs
Time/Track 1:22.50 (Soft 7)
Location: MORUYA

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

2022 Southern Districts Country Championship

A little piece of Country Championships history was made at Wagga as Another One became the first horse to win two regional features as he defended his Southern Districts crown on his home track. It was a confident ride from Nick Heywood who had the gelding challenging for the lead on the home turn before opening up a three length lead early in the straight. He held off the fast finishing Tap ‘N’ Run, trained by Ron Stubbs at Albury, who settled midfield from an inside barrier to win by half a length. Early leader Gusonic held on to run third.

Race Record (WAGGA): 1:21.90 ANOTHER ONE (NZ) 2021

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2022 Winner: Another One
2nd Tap 'N' Run
3rd Gusonic
Time/Track 1:22.08 (Good 4)
Location: WAGGA

2021 Winner: Another One
2nd Bautista
3rd Takissacod
Time/Track 1:21.90 (Good 3)
Location: WAGGA

2020 Winner: Sky Call
2nd Bennelong Dancer
3rd Thistledo
Time/Track 1:22.90 (Good 3)
Location: Albury

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

2022 Mid North Coast Country Championship

Taree trainer Glen Milligan is no stranger to the Country Championships Final, his father Bob has qualified three horses in previous years including last year’s third placegetter Charmmebaby, but Swamp Nation will be the first Glen has taken to the $500,000 Randwick race in his own name. Jockey Madi Derrick had the filly positioned with plenty of cover before making a late bid down the outside and scoring by half a length over another filly Little Prophet. The runner-up will be Wauchope trainer Colt Prosser’s first finalist and it was a solid performance after jumping from a wide gate. Zaru flashed home from last to finish third.

Race Record (TAREE): 1:23.33 SWAMP NATION 2022

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2022 Winner: Swamp Nation
2nd Little Prophet
3rd Zaru
Time/Track 1:23.33 (Good 4)
Location: TAREE

2021 Winner: Charmmebaby
2nd Subtle Grey
3rd Chase My Crown
Time/Track 1:21.80 (Good 4)
Location: SCONE

2020 Winner: Magnalane
2nd Casino Mondial
3rd Bellastar
Time/Track 1:25.13 (Heavy 9)
Location: Taree

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

2022 Central Districts Country Championship

Jockey Anthony Cavallo can take a bow over his clever ride on Zoo Station that handed the mare victory in the Central Districts Country Championships at Mudgee. The experienced rider noticed a pattern through the day that told him Zoo Station couldn’t come around the field and win so he rode the Gayna Williams-trained mare for luck and she burst through about 200m out before holding off some late challenges. One of those was from stablemate Tags who completely messed up the start, conceding some five lengths, but he charged home to just miss. It was the Bathurst trainer’s second win in the race and the fifth time she has qualified a horse but 2022 is the first time she’s had two in the Final. Early leader Lockdown Gamble, trained at Mudgee by David Smith, fought on gamely to run a close third.

Race Record (MUDGEE): 1:22.81 HEALING HANDS 2020

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2022 Winner: Zoo Station
2nd Tags
3rd Lockdown Gamble
Time/Track 1:23.71 (Good 4)
Location: MUDGEE

2021 Winner: Old Harbour
2nd Hamogany
3rd Healing Hands
Time/Track 1:23.31 (Good 4)
Location: MUDGEE

2020 Winner: Healing Hands
2nd Electrified
3rd Tale Of The Kraut
Time/Track 1:22.81 (Good 3)
Location: Mudgee

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

2022 Hunter & North West Country Championship

Local trainer Cody Morgan dominated the Tamworth heat again and booked another runner for the $500,000 Country Championships final. Jockey Tom Sherry was aggressive out of the gates to hold a prominent position on winner Anethole. Once the gaps opened in the rainy conditions, the five-year-old gelding burst through to victory. Commando Hunt sprinted clear at the top of the straight and looked the winner for Scone trainer Cameron Crockett and will be ready to peak fourth up in the final. Favourite Banju had no luck after racing wide without cover and tried hard for Scone trainer Lyle Chandler.

Race Record (TAMWORTH): 1:21.48 LIGULATE 2020

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2022 Winner: Anethole
2nd Commando Hunt
3rd Banju
Time/Track 1:24.40 (Heavy 8)
Location: TAMWORTH

2021 Winner: Spiranac
2nd Pure Fuego
3rd Depth That Varies
Time/Track 1:22.37 (Good 4)
Location: TAMWORTH

2020 Winner: Ligulate
2nd Hit The Target
3rd Herzegovina/Fritz’s Factor (dead heat)
Time/Track 1:21.48 (Good 4)
Location: TAMWORTH

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

2022 Western Country Championship

Dubbo trainer Brett Robb is off to his first Country Championships Final with Great Buy after the gelding led all the way to win the $150,000 race at Coonamble. Despite an outside draw, jockey Michael Heagney made his intentions known early as he pounced on the lead and found the fence with relative ease. The Clint Lundholm-trained Amulet Street followed him across and after about 400m it was a race in two to the line. Great Buy responded to the early challenge by Amulet Street and held a two length margin on the line. Lundholm also trained third placed Ferus who was another three lengths away.

Race Record (COONAMBLE): 1:21.23 GREAT BUY 2022

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2022 Winner: Great Buy
2nd Amulet Street
3rd Ferus
Time/Track 1:21.23 (Good 4)
Location: COONAMBLE

2021 Winner: Activation
2nd Wild Rocket
3rd Jailbreak
Time/Track 1:23.14 (Soft 5)
Location: COONAMBLE

2020 Winner: Sneak Preview
2nd Fast Talking
3rd California Fox
Time/Track 1:22.15 (Good 3)
Location: COONAMBLE

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

2022 Wild Card Country Championship

A perfect ride on Cavalier Charles from jockey Nick Heywood provided Canberra trainer Matthew Dale with his first runner in a Country Championships Final. The five-year-old made it three wins from his past four starts, his only defeat a close fourth in the South East Championships at Nowra, as he made a move from better than midfield and surged to the lead inside the 200m in the Wild Card at Scone, holding a comfortable margin to the line. The Cody Morgan-trained Edit booked his spot in the final by running second, edging out the locally trained Banju, giving Morgan a second runner in the $500,000 race.

Race Record (MUSWELLBROOK): 1:12.83 TWO BIG FARI 2020

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2022 Winner: Cavalier Charles
2nd Edit
3rd Banju
Time/Track 1:21.12 (Good 4)
Location: SCONE

2021 Winner: Plonka
2nd Rothenburg
3rd Blue Missile
Time/Track 1:16.63 (Soft 7)
Location: MUSWELLBROOK

2020 Winner: Two Big Fari
2nd Bobbing
3rd Luna Mia
Time/Track 1:12.83 (Good 3)
Location: MUSWELLBROOK

2019 Winner: Noble Boy
2nd Safe Landing
3rd Moobi
Time/Track 1:16.60 (Heavy 8)
Location: Muswellbrook

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

2021 Country Championship Final – Royal Randwick

Another One has the distinction of not only being the first horse to win two regional qualifying races, he’s now the first horse trained in the Southern Districts to win the $500,000 Newhaven Park Country Championships Final. After finishing second in the race in 2021, the Gary Colvin-prepared four-year-old was able to go one better thanks to a gutsy ride from Nick Heywood, who cut the corner and made his run just a few horses off the fence. He reeled in the leaders inside the 200m to hit the front and was able to hold off the fast-finishing Commando Hunt, trained by Cameron Crockett, who launched down the outside. Western Districts representative Amulet Street was on the pace all the way and held third.

Race Record: 1-21.51 VICTOREM 2018

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2022 Winner: Another One
2nd Commando Hunt
3rd Amulet Street
Time/Track 1:27.32 (Heavy 9)

2021 Winner: Art Cadeau
2nd Another One
3rd Charmmebaby
Time/Track 1:25.23 (Soft 7)

2020 Winner: Gracie Belle
2nd Al Mah Haha
3rd Plonka
Time/Track 1:26.48 (Heavy 8)

2019 Winner: Noble Boy
2nd Luciolla Belle
3rd Bennelong Dancer
Time/Track 1:24.72 (Soft 7)

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)