Just a week after the Grantham and Lockyer Valley communities were hit with a second round of devastating floods, their spirits were lifted on the back of their very own racehorse.
Outback Fighter (3g Outback Prince – Proud by Buck’s Pride) experienced a very tough run at Toowoomba on Saturday night but, like the people he represents, that fighting spirit carried him to a long neck victory in the Winning Post Enclosure Hcp (1200m).
“I knew it was gunna be close,” winning apprentice Travis Wolfgram said. “I was impressed with the way he picked up. He really has a will to win.”
The timing of the victory wasn’t lost on connections. Outback Fighter was beaten in a photo-finish on January 12 – a day after the second anniversary of the devastating 2011 floods.
Grantham and the Lockyer suffered another flooding crisis last week. “Things were looking pretty grim,” Last Stride syndicate manager David Silver said. “Fortunately, it didn’t turn out anywhere near as bad and ‘Fighter’ gave them a rousing Saturday night.”
One of the shareholders from Charleville said his supporters lifted the roof off the Enterprise Hotel.
Outback Fighter’s connections donate part of his prizemoney to the The Last Stride Grantham Trust Fund. Under the structure of this unique syndicate, 10% of both the prizemoney and associated costs are donated to the Grantham Fund and presented to the Lockyer Valley Regional Council.
The syndicate raised $17,000 last year and that will go towards various community enhancement projects at Grantham.
Timely win for Grantham Trust Fund