WINNERS: Ben Bolt Cup Winning Horse Montana Man with owner Wally Groocock and trainers Andrew Cameron, Lisa Smith and race sponsor Des Viero.
WINNERS: Ben Bolt Cup Winning Horse Montana Man with owner Wally Groocock and trainers Andrew Cameron, Lisa Smith and race sponsor Des Viero. Contributed

New events at Ben Bolt Cup a big hit in Bowen

THE staging of the Ben Bolt Cup at the Bowen Turf Club went off without a hitch last weekend.

There was almost one slight change of plan - the much anticipated crab racing looked to be turned into a cane toad race as the Bowen Turf Club had trouble finding enough mud crabs to make up the numbers.

Luckily though, at the last minute, crabs were found.

The crabs were auctioned off for $50 a crab and the winner of the race took the pot.

The feature race, the Ben Bolt Cup, was moved from race two to five and Emily Harvey of the Bowen Turf Club was pleased to announce a local horse took out the win.

Montana Man, trained by Andrew Cameron and ridden by Graham Kliese took the win from Fortune Mascot and third was Beg Pardon.

Ms Harvey said the watermelon carting races were a real hit with the backpacker crowd and workers on nearby tomato farms showed up in droves to prove they had what it took to be the best melon carriers around.

"There was rivalry between some of the workers on the farms and there were a lot of back packers and their friends which was great," she said.

The off track games were such a hit the program ran too long and there was no time to run the fashions on the field. "(But) there was a good turnout and several hundred people came. People really enjoyed the new events," Ms Harvey said. The race of the year for the Bowen Turf Club, the Bowen Cup, is coming up on October 1.


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