Trainer Jim Delaney and jockey Peter Graham with Universal Belief after winning the Casino Cup.
Trainer Jim Delaney and jockey Peter Graham with Universal Belief after winning the Casino Cup. Marc Stapelberg

Iron horse wins cup

JOCKEYS raced for a cup while women competed for Best Dressed at Casino Racecourse yesterday.

Jockey Peter Graham came from behind on Taree horse Universal Belief to win the $25,000 Express Examiner-Sky Racing Gold Casino Cup (1400m) by two lengths.

The Taree horse has won the Tamworth Cup, Casino Beef Week Cup, Maclean Cup and now the Express Examiner Casino Cup.

"I was back a fair way in the field but I just had to be a bit patient on him," Mr Graham said.

"I was lucky I was on a pretty good horse that could make up the ground.

"I put a lot of faith in that horse."

Universal Belief's front knees have four screws in them and trainer Jim Delaney had to work hard to get him in winning form.

"At one stage I couldn't get a rider to ride him," Mr Delaney said.

Before jockeys and horses battled for the cup, Northern Rivers women competed in a Best Dressed competition.

Alstonville resident Angela McCormick who hand-made her own outfit, was deemed the most fashionable.

"I made my outfit out of houndstooth furnishing fabric from Spotlight," she said.

"I didn't think I'd win because I'm an old girl."

She wore accessories from Candy Lane Fashion store in Alstonville and said her attention to detail got her over the line.



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