Roma horse Oggie takes out Mackay Cup
OGGIE, the little battler from Roma, won the $75,000 Payne Print Mackay Cup.
The five-year-old gelding was too good down the stretch for the Rockhampton-trained Fastnet Flyer and Lightenuff.
Scott Rodgers trains and owns the horse and was “over the moon” with the win.
“He was very impressive in that race,” Rodgers said.
“It’s all been a labour of love.
“I’ve got to thank my family for getting behind me and supporting me all the way through.”
Rodgers has had the horse for about two-and-a-half-years and said this was by far Oggie’s biggest win.
Depending on how Oggie pulls up, he could head to the Townsville Cup at the end of this month.
The gelding won his hometown race, the Roma Cup in November last year.
Jockey Matthew McGillivray rode the winner in the final race at the Mackay Turf Club’s Mackay Cup meeting.
“I’m very stoked, the race was suited perfectly for him,” McGillivray said.
“I got the call up for that ride specifically and it was a great performance by the horse.”
Hayley Rodgers, Scott’s wife, said Oggie had never let them down.
“I have to take my hat off to our champion little bush horse, Oggie,” she said after being presented with the Mackay Cup.
The Newmarket, the other big race at Ooralea on Saturday, was won by Perfect Rainbow, trained by Brenton Snelling in Mackay.
About 4500 people attended the Mackay Cup raceday at Ooralea.