The Toowoomba racehorse that carries the hopes of flood-devastated Grantham residents won his maiden in Toowoomba on Saturday night.
Outback Fighter (3g Outback Prince – Proud by Buck’s Pride) jumped away beautifully and was one back off the fence, before cruising away for an easy hands and heels victory under Kenji Yoshida.
Trainer Michael Nolan was impressed with the victory and is now looking at a QTIS race in Brisbane on Saturday, September 1. “He will only improve with the run,” Nolan said. “He’s certainly got ability and I look forward to seeing where he takes us this campaign.”
Outback Fighter’s connections are thrilled, not only because they’ve had a winner, but because a percentage of his prizemoney will go to The Last Stride Grantham Trust Fund.
Under the structure of this unique syndicate, 10% of both the prizemoney and associated costs, such as transport, vet fees, farrier fees, trainer’s bill, agistment etc is donated to the Grantham Fund and presented to the Lockyer Valley Regional Council prior to Christmas each year.
“We raised $17,000 last year and that was without Fighter even notching up a win,” said The Last Stride Syndicates Manager David Silver.
Outback Fighter is by Clear Mountain Fairview Stud sire Outback Prince and was raised, broken in and pre-trained at the Darling Downs nursery.
Clear Mountain Fairview managers Bob and Mick Frappell along with Nolan were the first to jump aboard when Silver suggested the idea of using the horse as a fundraising and morale boosting initiative for the Grantham Flood victims at the 2011 Magic Millions.
Rugby League legend and former Toowoomba resident Steven Price was also keen to take up a share when he learned of the unique concept.
It may be over 18 months since the floods devastated the small community in the Lockyer Valley, but the massive clean-up is still underway and residents continue to try piece their lives together.
Silver is confident the best is yet to come from Outback Fighter. “We’re certainly off and racing for the Grantham Fund this year, hopefully ‘Fighter’ will pick up some great prizemoney to go towards various community enhancement projects at Grantham.
“Grantham Mayor Steve Jones has promised to organise a bus to bring interested residents to the races if ‘Fighter’ ever makes it to a really big event and, if we’re lucky, that may be sometime this campaign.”