Rum Delight triumphs in cup re-run after start chaos

Busselton Dunsborough Times
All horses and riders are expected to make a full recovery.
Camera IconAll horses and riders are expected to make a full recovery. Credit: Scott Hamilton Media

The running of the 2019 Busselton Cup on Friday will be remembered more for the start than the finish but in the end Ryan Bell and his horse Rum Delight came out on top.

With drivers vying for a prominent position it was always going to be tight going into the first corner and with wheels locking and legs getting tangled four big guns came crashing to Earth.

Favorite Danieljohn locals Captain Proud and Budd Sidewinder along with Our Bobbydazzler were all involved. Driver Kristian Hawkins was taken to hospital but escaped major injuries with just ligaments damage.

Ash Markham, Trent Wheeler and Cory Peterson all walked away from the spill.

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With the late scratchings of Budd Sidewinder and Danieljohn, and Captain Proud and Our Bobbydazzler passed fit to run, the race was able to start once again and Rum Delight bounced straight to the front and never looked back, winning hard held from a fast finishing Captain Proud with Our Bobbydazzler back in third.

Sammys Ideal provided trainer Michael Callagari with a consolation win after the disappointment of the scratching of Budd Sidewinder.

A nice drive by Giles Inwood got Sammys Ideal past race favourite Henwood Bay in a great tussle up the straight.

Semi Automatic and Adda Rockinheaven continued their winning form when both raced on pace and prove to strong for rivals.

Semi Automatic for Joe Suvaljko has hit her straps on the track for two straight wins.

Adda Rockinheaven has also thrived.

Collie duo Call Me Ernie and Euphoric Moment recorded season-ending wins.

Trained by father-daughter team Errol and Bianca Ashcroft, the trip back home was a good one with both horses recording close but good wins.

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