Next NSW Race

Latest News

Casino Butcher Chasing Murwillumbah Cup With His Grey

By Mark Brassel

The ‘Butcher on the Hill’ can bring home the bacon with one of the top fancies in Friday’s $40,000 Riverview Hotel Murwillumbah Cup (1550m).

Stephen Bennett, who owns and runs South Casino Butchery, somehow finds time to also prepare his small four-horse team on Casino Racetrack.

“I’ve had the butchery for 24 years, it’s right next to a chemist, a garage and a pub on the corner on the way out to the course,” Bennett said.

Exclusive (Mitchell Bell) scores at Kembla Grange when previously trained in Sydney. Image by Bradley Photographers

Bennett’s pride and joy is five-year-old grey galloper Exclusive, a winner of six races from 16 starts for the trainer earning over $100,000 in prizemoney.

“One of the owners Leon Sullivan told me he was going to buy him online. When I looked him up, I said, ‘are you kidding – he’ll go for $80,000!’.

“Amazingly, Leon got him for around $13,000 and said you’ve got to come into him and train the horse, which I did.

“Many of the people in the syndicate raced Traconi with me and we ended up winning eight races including two successive Tabulam Cups and an Evans Head Cup [at Casino].

“This bloke is an honest horse and tries very hard every time we step him out. We’ve had him for 12 months and there is some quality form around him.

“He ran fourth to Plonka in the [Northern Rivers] Country Championships Qualifier and that horse had won a Rosehill Highway.

“And the second horse in the Qualifier was Gracie Belle who ended up winning the [$500,000] Country Championships Final at Randwick.”

Bennett explained his ‘nickname’: “Racecaller Bob Lane [who retired last year after 50 years of calling] would always tag me ‘the butcher on hill’ every time I won a race.

“It caught on and now our current racecaller Anthony Collins calls me that.”

Two starts back Exclusive had a torrid run in the Grafton Ramornie Handicap when last after being trapped four and five-wide the entire trip behind winner Signore Fox.

Previously he had taken out the John Carlton Cup during the Grafton Winter Carnival and last start was runner-up to At Witz End in the Casino Cup.

“It was unfortunate the pace slackened off mid-race and the winner had a soft sectional.

“He finished strongly but we had to concede him 5.5 kilos with our 60.5 kilos.

Despite being just an hour-and-a-half from Murwillumbah, the horse is yet to race at the course.

“I’ll be watching the weather during the week; it’s fine now for the next three or four days but he just doesn’t fancy really wet tracks.

“If Murwillumbah is heavy, I will look at the [$50,000] Rousillon Showcase Handicap at Lismore [Thursday 24th September].”

Limited tickets are available for Riverview Hotel Murwillumbah Cup Day and all tickets must be pre-purchased with no tickets available on the day.

The bars and restaurant will be open with full TAB and bookmaker facilities available.

View the race details for Murwillumbah here

Upcoming NSW country TAB race meetings:
Monday: Bathurst; Lismore
Tuesday: Scone
Thursday: Wagga
Friday: Murwillumbah
Saturday: Port Macquarie, Dubbo (non-TAB)
Sunday: Mudgee

The Latest Racing News

Neil Evans' Tips For Goulburn (Friday)

By Neil Evans Track improving to Heavy 9 and rail True Race 1 MAIDEN PLATE (1600m): The metropolitan-trained runners seemingly ...
Read More

Vee Eight Motors To Premiership Win (Goulburn, Friday)

Despite Goulburn's track remaining in the heavy range, plenty of sun is forecast on Friday to shine a light on ...
Read More

Kosciuszko Or Not, Crockett Happy To Aim High With Hussill

By Ray Hickson If comeback galloper Mr Hussill is to be a realistic chance in the $1.3m The Kosciuszko in ...
Read More

ATC Pays Tribute To Frontline Heroes & Racing Participants

Australian Turf Club pays tribute to NSW frontline health and emergency service workers and acknowledges key racing participants this Saturday ...
Read More

Additional Picnic Meeting - Coonamble (Saturday 7th Aug)

An additional picnic race meeting has been scheduled for Coonamble on Saturday, 7th August 2021. The race program can be ...
Read More
Loading...
Racing NSW Apps
View
Mobile Version
Contact
Forms
Information
Industry Links