HOME STRETCH: Scenic Road in action at Clifford Park, Toowoomba last November.
HOME STRETCH: Scenic Road in action at Clifford Park, Toowoomba last November. Kevin Farmer

Race fever hits as nominations draw close

RACING: Preparations are well under way for the Stanthorpe Cup, with only one week to go until the big day.

Gaye and John Harvey have been entering the Stanthorpe Cup for over 15 years now and winning with one of their horses bred on their Cottonvale property Croyden Park Stud has always been on the bucket list. This year is no different, with them vying for the top prize.

"We've had wins over the years, but not the cup, that's what we're aiming for this year,” Mrs Harvey said.

"This year we are planning an all out attack on the cup and will be nominating two horses which will double our chances of winning.”

With plans to nominate a number of horses, they have saved their best two for the cup.

"We've been targeting particular horses for the Stanthorpe Cup,” Harvey said.

"Our main hope will be our well-performed mare, Zaha's Ace, who has won and been placed in metropolitan meetings in Brisbane and is returning from a long spell.

"The other nomination will be Scenic Road who has won a number of races and is well performed on his home track in Toowoomba.”

Both horses are trained by the well respected Toowoomba trainer Tony Sears, who won the Toowoomba trainers premiership earlier this year.

The other horses likely to be nominated are Lohnie Rocks trained by Peter Evans and horses from their Beaudesert based trainer Mark Palmer.

No matter the results, Harvey said the races are always a good time.

"We always look forward to it. We have friends that come up just for the races, we always have a full house,” she said.

"We always have a ball win or lose, it's an amazing weekend.”

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