Queenstown Wins 2014 Grafton Cup

July 10th, 2014

Talented mare Queenstown won the Listed 2014 Grafton Cup (2350m) at the Clarence River Jockey Club in impressive fashion to claim her maiden black type racing win.

Queenstown scored an impressive win in the 2014 Grafton Cup.

Queenstown scored an impressive win in the 2014 Grafton Cup. Photo: Race Horse Photos Australia

Queenstown was settled just behind the pace and one off the rail in the early stages of the race by jockey Tim Clarke and she worked into the race beautifully before being asked for an extra effort by the in-form hoop.

The Stratum mare hit the front at the 300 metre mark and stayed on strongly to record a comfortable Grafton Cup win from Secessio and Noisy Ocean.

Clarke was riding in the Grafton Cup for the first time in his career and he was delighted to be able to win the feature race for Gai Waterhouse.

“It was my first go in the Grafton Cup and it is really nice to get back to these country carnival; its where I did my trade early on and to come back and win a country cup is a big thrill and to do it for Gai it is terrific,” Clarke told the media after the race.

“It got argy bargy there, but I just didn’t want to be behind Noisy Ocean coming into the straight and I wanted to be on Travolta’s back because I knew that he would take me a long way, which he did.

“At the top of the straight when she was exposed she sprinted really well and it was a fantastic effort by the mare.

“It has been a great performance by everyone back at the stables and they have done a fantastic job.

“She was ready to go to run the 2300 metres out strong and she did that.”

Queenstown was having the third start of her winter campaign after finishing third behind Tromso and Honorius in the Octagonal Handicap (1400m) at Rosehill Gardens on May 31 and fifth behind Kingdoms in the Listed Centenary Mile (1600m) at Eagle Farm on June 21.

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