Return after four-month hiatus is a Schoorwin
THAT I've-been-everywhere racehorse Schoorwin resumes from a four-month furlough seeking another major country win at Bluff races tomorrow.
He is set to start in the $10,000 T&J Whitehouse Investments Bluff Newmarket (1200m) having not raced since his second at Gympie on July 25.
Schoorwin (B g Danewin-Violet Haze x Export Prince) officially celebrated his eighth birthday on October 21, but like some fine wines, it seems he is getting better with age.
Schoorwin has been Rockhampton trainer Tom Button's best advertisement, as since being taken over by him in autumn 2014 the gelding has won 11 races and been in the money a further 10 times.
All the more remarkable considering Button has taken him to the races on just 25 occasions.
A seasoned traveller, Button has won with Schoorwin at Gladstone (3 times) and Thangool (2) as well as individual successes at Bundaberg, Calliope, Rockhampton, Springsure, Middlemount and Clermont.
Prior to training under Button, Schoorwin actually won at Bluff over 1300 metres in a Class 3 Plate on July 20, 2013.
Therefore the loamy Bluff surface will hold no fears for Schoorwin which will come into the Newmarket with 60kg courtesy of apprentice Zoe White's claiming allowance.
Take note, Button gave Bluff punters a huge tip for Schoorwin by scratching him from Mackay races on Thursday.
Race club officials from Bluff are preparing for their busiest race meeting in decades with seven races programmed.
Apart from Schoorwin, Button will also start Just Do Something in the Hannah Vagg Celebration Cl 4 (1200m).
It will be ridden by Adrian Coome who won on the horse at Clermont on November 14.
Incidentally, Coome rode his first provincial winner since resuming riding from an injury enforced break when Ricky Vale's Our Single Doubt won at Mackay races yesterday.
With temperatures expected to hit 40 degrees at Bluff on Saturday, officials are ensuring that there will be ample fluid on hand for the day and at the after-the-races gig.
"The covered area will be popular and the bar and canteen will be well stocked," Bluff publicity officer Scott Power confirmed.
"We have snow cones and an ice cream truck for the kiddies and plenty of water and soft drinks.
"There will be free rides for the kids with entertainment for them centred on a jumping castle, mega slide, merry-go-round and of course at night there is the Mechanical Bull Challenge for all comers in various categories with sizeable cash prizes.
"It is shaping as a huge day."
He said buses would be conveying people to the racecourse departing from the Blackwater Hotel Motel at 11am, 11.45am and 12.30pm Saturday.
They will be returning to Blackwater leaving the racecourse at 6.45pm, 8.30pm, 10.30pm and for the real stayers at midnight.
Gates open at Bluff racecourse at 11am with the first local race under way at 1.30pm, while bookmakers will be operating on the metropolitan races from much earlier.
Check Bluff-Blackwater Amateur Race Club Facebook page for details.