Thrilling Deadheat in Weetwood
EMOTIONS ran high at Clifford Park today when the historic $150,000 Listed Audi Centre Toowoomba Weetwood Handicap (1200m) produced one of Toowoomba racing's ultimate fairytales with an uncle and nephew sharing the race victory.
The extraordinary finish was set up by a thrilling Toowoomba duel over the final 150 metres of the race between Michael Nolan's Jumbo Prince and Col 'N' Lil for his nephew Ben Currie.
Col'N'Lil is by Glenlogan Park sire, Bradbury's Luck while Jumbo Prince is by Outback Prince, who stands at Clear Mountain Fairview Stud.
The pair of resuming middle distance gallopers hit the line locked together for jockeys Luke Tarrant (Jumbo Prince) and Josh Oliver with the judge unable to separate the pair.
It was the first dead-heat for first in the history of the Weetwood Handicap which was first run in 1895.
Siegfried was a further half length back third.
A stunned Nolan was at a loss amongst a sea of well-wishers to put into words what had just unfolded before him.
"I thought we'd got beaten," Nolan said.
"I don't know what do say. It's a dead-heat. But I'll take the dead-heat any day of the week.
"He's been a great little horse to horse to us. I knew he'd be hard to beat.
"But full mark's as well to Ben's horse."
The result is the second career dead-heat for Jumbo Prince who also shared a first with Rudy at Eagle Farm last May.
Currie was equally as pleased to share the trophy with his uncle in what must be one of the Weetwood's most unusual scenarios.
"They are both just good horses. They are both Group placed," said Currie who prepares the five-year-old for long-time stable supporter and former Michael Nolan stable client Kim McCasker.
"A lot said Col 'N' Lil was a stayer and no hope today.
"But we've been getting her ready for a while and we knew she'd run a race."
- story by Glen McCullough, photo Nev Madsen - The Chronicle