By Geoff Whittle.
First run as the Patriotic Fun Cup over 1¾ miles (converts to 2800
metres), the race became the Mount Barker Cup in 1948.
Since then the running of the cup has seen some great
individual performances from both man and beast. Some outstanding horses along with high profile trainers and jockeys
have won the race.
the list of cup achievements is that of the late Pingrup trainer Murray Reid who
trained four consecutive cup winners between 1968 and 1971. Kefu won
back-to-back Cups for the trainer in that sequence while Pikadon took out the
race in 1976 to give Reid five wins in the event.
Other great training feats have been Narrikup trainer
Don Morton’s four winners and Danny Lalich who prepared three successful cup
Caisceen took two cups on end in 1951/52 and then again
in 1955 while Muromoon won consecutively for Albany trainer John Askevold in
1987 and ’88. Colorado Belle took
out the ’94 and ’95 cups in back-to-back
The 1999 winner Turn A Glow was a great feature race campaigner having
also won Bunbury and Pinjarra Cups. He carried the heaviest weight in race
history to victory in ’99 with 60.5 kilograms.
Popular former race caller Jim Chadwick rode the 1965
winner Prince Astor and outstanding jockey of his time, Keith Watson, regular
rider of sprint champ Heron Bridge won the race in 1984 with Beau
Jim Lemon and Grant Gibbs won two cups each and the
late Glenn Simpson also experienced success.
Shotgun Kid stopped the clock at 2.00.80 in 2005 to establish the race
and track record.
Kalgoorlie based jockey Misty
Bazeley was the first female rider to win the cup on Monotony Boy in
“It meant a lot to me to win it. My dad’s family is from down Mt Barker
way and I had a lot of relies there that day. It was one of the nicest
receptions I’ve ever had following a win. Old Monotony Boy flew the gates and
led all the way, the connections were stoked, they were a great bunch of
owners,” Bazeley said when asked to reflect on the
Bazeley was quickly followed by Elly Dredge on Royal Omen in 2003 and
Jessica Valas in 2005 aboard Shotgun Kid as successful female riders in the
Xaarlington won in 2008 for the father-son team
of Neville and Brad Parnham.
Mt Barker Cup Winners