Iconic meet a pleaser
THE Annual Twin Hills races attracted large crowds last weekend and, for anyone who may have doubted the future of this event, the support received from sponsors and patrons will ensure that this iconic race meeting lives on.
The general consensus was that this was one of the largest crowds to attend the event over recent years.
This could well have been the case gauging by the number of camp sites scattered in the scrub. It is a unique event with an emphasis on family involvement but with plenty to keep everyone occupied.
The race club committee has worked tirelessly to attract sponsorship and to improve prizemoney and facilities over recent years and they deserve all the accolades.
The effort they have put in to increase prizemoney was acknowledged by Racing Queensland in granting approval to stage QTIS bonus race worth total prizemoney of $16,000.
No doubt there would be plenty of bigger race clubs in country Queensland envious of this achievement.
Winners on Friday were Maid of Falvelon, Mystic Mountain, Kensington, Super Shadow and Falvelizabeth.
Mackay trainer John Manzelmann dominated the day by leading in four of those winners. He was all smiles after Kensington got home in the QTIS Maiden Plate which was worth $10,800 to the winner.
The win was a real family affair as he not only trains the horse but also shares in the ownership with his wife Stacey and father "Ginger" Manzelmann.
The feature event on Saturday, the 2011 Twin Hills Cup, provided an upset result when the Manzelmann trained outsider Swiftly Brave upset the $1.30 favourite Super Shadow.
The Manzelmann dominance is emphasised in statistics that show he has trained 21 of the past 30 winners at Twin Hills with the only other trainers getting a "look in" being Ross Vagg, Brian Challacombe, Tim Cook and Jenny Bell.