Double delight for trainer
MICK Mawn is celebrating a huge win after taking home a double at the Cunnamulla Cup on the weekend.
And it's next stop Charleville, with his winning horse Belle Express in fine form.
She came from behind on the final straight to win the cup with an excellent burst of speed with Mawn giving credit to jockey Shane Egan.
"(Belle Express) she's been very good to me," he said.
"Shane Egan the jockey he rides her all the time.
"He knows the horse very well.
"He's the most underrated jockey in the bush."
The next big race is coming up, too.
"I'm probably heading towards the Charleville Cup," the Charleville based trainer said.
"I wouldn't be going if I didn't think I could win."
It's a big challenge to the other bush jockeys in the area.
Aside from the breathtaking cup win, Mawn also won race five. Zaha Country took the race, again ridden by Shane Egan.
In the past Mawn has had horses come second at the Morven races and at the Caulfield Cup.
San Dieguito won the third race, ridden by Jessie Philpot, taking home the win in record time.
Other winners included Sean Palmer on Polar Blitz and Torrero, trained by Pat Webster.
Nude Secrets, ridden by Mrs C Rogers and trained by Edward Jonson was a notable runner up.
In terms of the fashions on the field, there were a few famous faces moving on this time.
The competition was ably judged by the Member for Warrego Ann Leahy, who had flown down from her electorate office in Roma for the occasion.
Sarah Kelly was the winner of best dressed under 30.
"I've never won anything like this before," she said.
For Sandy Halpin, a dedicated race goer for five years straight and a local resident for much longer, it were her last meet.
She is moving up to Townsville to be a grandmother.