Strapper Cherie Vick with Craiglea Pursuit at the race club.
Strapper Cherie Vick with Craiglea Pursuit at the race club. Mike Knott BUNPUR

In pursuit of a better club

PUNTERS wanting to back a winner should look no further than Craiglea Pursuit – a six-year-old gelding donated to help the Bundaberg Race Club get back on its feet.

When Kenilworth horse breeders Stan and Marilyn Johnston heard of the club’s plight, they decided to donate the horse, with all future prize money going directly to the club.

“We race at Bundy and they are part of country racing,” Mr Johnston said.

“Some of our mates are there.”

Craiglea Pursuit, a class five horse, has had several wins on the Sunshine Coast and Mr Johnston said the horse still had a few wins in him.

“He might only have a couple of wins, but they may be able to have a bit of fun with him,” he said.

Bundaberg trainer David Gardiner has volunteered to train the gelding for free.

“Us trainers are throwing our support in to the club – it’s not just me,” he said.

Mr Gardiner said the cost of training a horse in Bundaberg was about $1200 a month.

“I don’t think he’d win at Eagle Farm, but hopefully he’ll win out in the bush,” Mr Gardiner said.

“He’s not ready to race yet, but hopefully we’ll have him racing at the Bundy Cup.”



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