Rachael going out a winner after two years at jockey club
DEPARTING Tweed River Jockey Club secretary-manager Rachael Elliott sees a parallel in her own racing industry career with that of 2012 Murwillumbah Cup winner Castlemagne King, which she describes as her "omen horse".
"He won the cup when I started at the jockey club two years ago, and now he's back just as I'm bowing out," she said.
"I think he might send me off with a big win, just like he welcomed me in with a big win."
Ms Elliott, who is originally from Melbourne, moved to the Tweed several years ago with husband Glenn and their three children, the youngest of whom is not yet three.
"I intend to stay very much involved, but my focus is now on family and supporting my husband's career which is very travel-orientated," she said.
"I've had a great time here and I think we've achieved some great things together, so I feel I can afford to take a step back."
As for the 2014 Murwill-umbah Cup, she is sticking with Castlemagne King.
"He won the Cup Prelude a few weeks ago in as convincing a fashion as he won the big race itself in 2012," Ms Elliott said.
"His trainer Basil Ryan has been quoted as being pretty confident of his chances and why wouldn't he be with a track record like Castlemagne King's at Murwillumbah."
The rising nine-year-old has won twice on-course from his past four visits, with nearly $200,000 in career prizemoney.
As this year's Cup Prelude winner, Castlemagne King is an automatic qualifier for the $33,000 P Smith and Son Murwillumbah Cup on Sunday week.
Another horse exempt from the cup ballot is Object Of Virtue, which won the Cup Preview at Ballina on Monday.
The horse is trained at Coffs Harbour by Brett Bellamy.
Stablemate De Triomphe ran second in the Cup Prelude and Cup Preview and will be a chance if, as expected, he gets a start.