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Queen of the Outback Cup

Monday, 20th March, 2017

Trainer Paula Trenwith with the Outback Cup Trophy on Saturday. Her charge, It’s Fred, won the main race to give Trenwith her fourth Cup win. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan Trainer Paula Trenwith with the Outback Cup Trophy on Saturday. Her charge, It’s Fred, won the main race to give Trenwith her fourth Cup win. PICTURE: Tyler Hannigan

By Tyler Hannigan

Murray Bridge trainer Paula Trenwith claimed her fourth Outback Cup on Saturday and she is now just one away from the record.

Trenwith’s It’s Fred held off last year’s Cup winner Alpha Auriga and former Silver City Cup winner Honor The Moment who finished in a dead heat for second place. 

Trenwith also led Nozi to a record three Outback Cup wins in 2007, ‘08 and ‘09.

“I’m stoked,” an excited Trenwith told reporters after the race.

“I really love coming to Broken Hill. I try to come here every single year and I just love it.”

“It’s such a good atmosphere and Broken Hill just comes alive. Everyone is buzzing and so happy and the committee looks after us so well.

“Nozi won three times and I’ve had two close seconds and it’s just awesome to finally win another one.”

The win puts Trenwith just one win behind Gary Kenewell on five but she said that she has the years on her side.

“Gary Kenewell has got five and he said that he was always a bit nervous about me getting his record,” she said.

“I did always tell him that I had age on my side so I’m bearing down on it and it’s very exciting.”

It’s Fred, the winning steed, is a tough horse, according to Trenwith which is something you need to win races like these.

“We’ve only had him for a very short time.

“We’ve bought him with these races in mind. He’s a high cruising speed horse who won three on end a couple years ago at Morphetville in Adelaide and I just like his racing style.

“He’s a bit of an older horse but to me that doesn’t really matter if they’re in form and sound and he’s as sound as a bell.”

Jockey Justin Huxtable took It’s Fred down the inside of the track, a tactic that was uncommon on the day but one that Trenwith said probably got them the win.

“That was all Justin,” she said. “I always find that the middle of the track is better but I think that’s what has won us the race.

“He’s saved ground there and I’m sure that’s what’s won it for us so I thank young Justin for that.” 

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