Current & Past Winners

2020 Western Country Championship Qualifier

A red letter day for Dubbo trainer Kody Nestor who became the first person to win a Qualifier as both a jockey and a trainer when Sneak Preview defeated stablemate Fast Talking at Coonamble. Nestor won the inaugural Western Racing Qualifier at Dubbo in 2015 on Dane De Lago, trained by his uncle Peter, and rode in the Final at Randwick that year so he’ll also be the first to compete in a Final as a jockey and trainer. Sneak Preview turned the tables on Fast Talking for their first-up clash two weeks earlier as Mathew Cahill brought the gelding with a well timed run then held off his stablemate as they broke well clear of the rest. California Fox, trained by Allan Gibson, held on for third after racing handy.

Race Record (COONAMBLE): 1:22.15 SNEAK PREVIEW 2020

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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

2020 Mid North Coast Country Championship Qualifier

Port Macquarie trainer Jenny Graham has already won one Country Championships Final (Victorem in 2018) and is all set to chase a second after Magnalane scored a narrow win in a driving finish. Samantha Clenton produced a superb piece of riding to have the gelding land in fourth place off an outside barrier and the pair hit the front at the 300m. Taree gallopers Casino Mondial and Bellastar charged at Magnalane at the finish but the four-year-old just had enough in hand. Trainer Michael Byers was rapt with Casino Mondial’s second placing, given he was first-up, and insisted the horse had so much improvement to come.

Race Record (TAREE): 1:24.41 ANOTHER VALLEY 2016

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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

2020 Southern Districts Country Championship Qualifier

It was a huge moment for Albury trainer Mitchell Beer as the popular local trainer qualified his first runner for a Country Championships Final as Sky Call came with a well timed run under apprentice Teo Nugent to score. Beer, who only moved to Albury in September 2018, saddled up six horses in the race and Sky Call overcame an outside alley to run down Bennelong Dancer with Gundagai-trained Thistledo running into third. While not able to repeat last year’s Qualifier win, in finishing second Bennelong Dancer carved a slice of history as the first horse to qualify for three Finals. She ran fourth at Randwick in 2018 and third last year.

Race Record (ALBURY): 1:22.08 BENNELONG DANCER 2019

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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

2020 South East Country Championship Qualifier

French bred gelding Julian Rock led in a Goulburn trifecta as the Jean Dubois-trained five-year-old set the standard for the 2020 series. Julian Rock enjoyed a perfect run in behind the speed and didn’t need to go around a horse as he capitalised on the leader rolling off the fence on the turn. Jockey Jean Van Overmeire said ‘let’s go’ the race was over well before the 200m. Chasing him home was last year’s winner Al Mah Haha to qualify for Randwick for the second time much to the relief of trainer Tash Burleigh after he was a late scratching from the 2019 Final. Kurt Goldman’s Irish Songs ran into third place.

Race Record (MORUYA): 1:22.50 JULIAN ROCK 2020

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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

2020 Central Districts Country Championship Qualifier

After three consecutive second placings in the Central Districts Qualifier, trainer Gayna Williams finally came out on top with promising five-year-old Healing Hands scoring a comprehensive win. Despite racing three wide for most of the race, champion country rider Greg Ryan kept his cool and unleashed Healing Hands with 300m to run and the gelding proved a class above as he scored by just under a length. Electrified, trained at Bathurst by Dean Mirfin, tried hard to chase the winner down with a cold ride from Hugh Bowman but was no match. Mirfin’s Tale Of The Kraut held on for third after hitting the lead early in the straight.

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

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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

2020 Hunter & North West Country Championship Qualifier

Tamworth trainer Cody Morgan is off to Randwick for the third time in four years and he’s taking a live winning chance in Ligulate, who scored a dominant win at his home track. It was Morgan’s second successive win in the race following Unbiased’s success in 2019, while he also qualified Pelerin in 2017 via the Wild Card. Ligulate settled in the second half of the field and was faced with plenty of traffic at the top of the straight but with a patient ride from Samantha Clenton he burst through the gap when it appeared and ran out a very easy winner by the finish. Hit The Target, who ran third for Scone trainer Stephen Jones in the 2019 heat, sat on the pace and booked his place by holding second while his stablemate Herzegovina dead heated for third with Rod Northam’s Fritz’s Factor.

Race Record (TAMWORTH): 1:21.48 LIGULATE 2020

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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

2020 Northern Rivers Country Championship Qualifier

Two date changes and a switch of venue from Coffs Harbour due to unprecedented rainfall was hardly an ideal preparation but Coffs Harbour trainer Warren Gavenlock felt everything played into Plonka’s hands and that’s how it turned out when the Northern Rivers heat was run and won at Grafton. Plonka appreciated improving track conditions and a aided by a gun ride from Rachael Murray pounced on the lead inside the 200m and staved off the Matthew Dunn-trained Gracie Belle, who made her run with the winner, to edge away with a length margin. Dreaming Of Biscay finished third for the Dunn stable after sitting on the pace.

Race Record: 1:21.40 PERFECT DARE 2017

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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

2020 Wildcard Country Championship Qualifier

It was a local victory and one for perseverance as Two Big Fari booked his place in the Final with a gritty victory at Muswellbrook. The gelding was balloted out of the Tamworth Qualifier but secured his place in the Wild Card three days after that race with a midweek Warwick Farm win on March 11. Grant Buckley had the Todd Howlett’s promising four-year-old positioned three wide on the speed and he took over with about 100m to go then repelled the challenge of last year’s Polytrack Provincial Championships winner Bobbing, now trained at Scone, who rushed home down the outside from the back. Third place went to Luna Mia who improved on her effort at Tamworth.

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

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

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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

2019 Country Championship Final – Royal Randwick

After qualifying through the last chance Wild Card then a week of drama over his fitness and a pre-race plating scare, it finally all went to script for the long time favourite Noble Boy. Given a perfect passage by champion jockey Hugh Bowman, who had ridden the gelding twice previously, Noble Boy had the $500,000 Final in his keeping not long after they straightened. If Queanbeyan trainer Todd Blowes had any concerns pre-race there were none as the imposing four-year-old strode clear in the final 200m for a victory so dominant there are bigger things in store next season. Taree trained Lucciola Belle, the winner of the Mid North Coast Qualifier, finished a game second while Albury-trained Bennelong Dancer, who won the Southern Districts Qualifier on her home track, improved on her fourth placing in 2018 to finish third.

Race Record: 1-21.51 VICTOREM 2018

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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)