Allknight Saint claims 2018 Beaudesert Cup

RED-LETTER DAY: Trainer of 2018 Beaudesert Cup victor Allknight Saint, Lauren Herne, celebrates with jockey, Ben Looker, who rode four winners on Saturday. Photo: Tom Bushnell.
RED-LETTER DAY: Trainer of 2018 Beaudesert Cup victor Allknight Saint, Lauren Herne, celebrates with jockey, Ben Looker, who rode four winners on Saturday. Photo: Tom Bushnell.

THE 2018 Beaudesert Cup has been run and won with veteran racehorse Allknight Saint charging to victory on Saturday afternoon.

The sun shone brightly, the refreshments warmed the souls of the 350 diners savouring pre-booked lunches and the track truly was a sight to behold on a magical Winter’s day in the country.

As was the Lauren Herne trained Allknight Saint as he carried prolific Port Macquarie jockey Ben Looker past the post for his 100th win of the season.

“I just steered him and he did the rest,":Looker said.

“He’s a very big horse so I just kept him comfortable in his own rhythm. He’s been a good horse for a very long time.”

The success was timely for Looker, who rode four winners on Saturday and is preparing to get married.

“I’m glad I had a good day because I have to pay for it all,” he joked.

“My fiance spent the day at the Gold Coast shopping for a dress.

“I do a lot of kilometres and a lot of hard work, so it’s good to get the results.”

Following the triumph, an elated Mr Looker and Mrs Herne, embraced trackside.

Mrs Herne, who only assumed full-time training responsibilities in January said she was thrilled to win the Beaudesert Cup and proud of her eight-year-old champion.

“He’s a great old horse, we love him” she said.

Chief executive of Aquis Park Gold Coast Turf club Steve Lines was on hand for the first event following the decision by Beaudesert Race Club to enter into a management affiliation with its bigger brother.

“This is our first crack at putting it all together. Staff and committee members have worked together and organised a really great day,” he said”

Mr Lines said Aquis Park would add expertise and permanent staff to the Beaudesert operation with the aim of turning its fortunes around.

"We’re excited about the future for Beaudesert Race Club,” he said.

“We’ll continue to employ locally, pump up the tyres of the days we can make successful, and invest in marketing to get people through the gate. In a big picture sense, we’d love to have the major picnic race meeting in south-east Queensland.”