Track record holder Made To Size ($3.50) cemented his stud career with an all-the-way victory in the Group 1 Winter Cup (520m) at Albion Park last Thursday night.
Bred to be the champion he is, the son of Surf Lorian-Queen Size, scored by two and a quarter lengths in 30.39 on the wet track beating the fast finishing Trew Millions ($6.00) with hot favourite Queen Lauryn ($1.90) a half length away in third.
It was the second successive Cup victory for champion sire Surf Lorian whose son Big Swell won last year.
Made To Size is raced in partnership by his breeder Julie Edmonson and vet Richard Eaton-Wells who bought a half share in the dog before he raced.
He is trained by Edmondson's partner Reg Kay and both were also represented by the winner's half brother Size Can Matter in the final.
Kay said after the dog's victory that if he had drawn box two in the final he would have “declared” him.
“But from the three I was a bit worried that he wouldn't be able to get across,” he said.
Kay could not believe Made To Size was the forgotten dog of the final when all discussion centred around Queen Lauryn, Size Can Matter and Trew Millions.
“I couldn't believe this dog was 10-1 early in the night because he has won six times in under 30 seconds at Albion Park,” said Reg.
One of those wins was the 29.61 track record back in February.
The victory was the second for Kay who prepared Elite State to win.
“It's amazing, Elite State also ran about 30.40 to win his heat and then won the final,” said Reg.
The victory is the second Group 1 of the year for Edmondson and Kay who won the Perth Cup with Size Can Matter.
Kay said the victory had cemented Made To Size's stud career.
“We've already started using him and collecting him,” said Kay. “I think there is a good chance we will stand him ourselves.”
Made To Size has already got litters on the ground and is sure to be further in demand after his Group 1 win.
Eaton-Wells is overseas and will be for four or five months but Kay was confident he would find out the result of the Winter Cup through the Internet.
Victory in the Group 1 took Made To Size's record to 18 wins and 16 placings in just 39 starts. At Albion Park he has won nine of 13 starts.
Multiple track record breaker Queen Lauryn was checked on the turn out of the back straight by her nemesis Tricode Flojo.
That is the third time the pair of star sprinting bitches has clashed and the third time Tricode Flojo has checked Queen Lauryn in running.
Reg Kay made mention of it at the Cup presentation.
“I'll have to buy Glenn Smith and Tricia Fuller, connections of Tricode Flojo, a beer,” he said.
Trew Millions almost gave owner Dennis Trewin and trainer Tina Womann back-to-back Cup victories.
They won with Big Swell last year and had won four years ago with Trewly Special (a full brother to Trew Millions).
After the placed runners the field finished in the following order 4th Size Can Matter ($6.00), 5th Tricode Flojo ($21.00), 6th Overflow Breaker ($26.00), 7th Lucky Alive ($13.00) and Trip Meter ($71.00).
The Winter Carnival Cup has taken on many different forms over the years and has been conducted also at different times during those years.
It was first staged at the Gabba in 1978 and sponsored by famous Queensland brewing company Castlemaine XXXX and known as their Trophy, it was run over the testing 558 metre sprint course.
It remained the Castlemaine XXXX Trophy right up until 1992 apart from one year in 1987 when it was called the Christmas Trophy.
When racing moved to Albion Park in 1993 the race was called the Christmas Stocking for one year and it continued its Group 1 status that the race had gained in 1991 and maintains currently.
The feature dropped back to Group 2 in 1997 and 1998, but returned to Group 1 in 1999.
Like many other feature races around Australia in the 90's in was sponsored by the Pet food company Eukanuba from 1994 to 1997 and its subsequent company Nutrience in 1998 and 1999.
It the year 2000 the club developed the now successful Winter Carnival at the suggestion of race caller John Brasch and the race became that Carnivals major Group 1 feature the Winter Carnival Cup.
It has been won by some champion sprinters over the years and the following is but a few of those stars. Call Me Roscoe 81, Glanzend 82, Acacia Park 84, Dancing Gamble 87, Golden Fox 88, Highly Blessed 90, Iceni Princess 92, Toban Leah 94, Flying Amy 95, Roanokee 96, Wine Glass 97, Winged Runner 99, Mint Mojo 2001, Elite State 2003 and Trewly Special in 2004.
Listed below is the full honour roll :
At the Gabba 1978 – 1992
- 1978 Brigadier North 33.00
- 1979 Katie's Disco 32.74
- 1980 Wings Of Steel 32.92
- 1981 Call Me Roscoe 32.84
- 1982 Glanzend 32.60
- 1983 Duration 32.91
- 1984 Acacia Park 32.90
- 1985 Amber Flash 32.89
- 1986 (Jan) Sharyn's Vogue 33.08
- 1986 (Dec) Fifi She's Not 32.61
- 1987 Dancing Gamble 32.75
- 1988 Fifi She's Not 32.61
- 1989 Son of Ella 32.63
- 1990 Highly Blessed 32.47
- 1991 Soldier On 32.60
- 1992 Iceni Princess 32.93
At Albion Park 1993- Present
- 1993 National Leader 30.39
- 1994 Toban Leah 30.35
- 1995 Flying Amy 29.99
- 1996 Roanokee 30.06
- 1997 Wine Glass 30.34
- 1998 Shady Macbeth 30.28
- 1999 Winged Runner 30.19
- 2000 Short Model 30.00
- 2001 Mint Mojo 30.59
- 2002 Awesome Machine 30.11
- 2003 Elite State 29.97
- 2004 Trewly Special 30.16
- 2005 Hades Rocket 29.90
- 2006 Fenceline 29.92
- 2007 Big Swell 30.06
- 2008 Made To Size 30.39