Rare dead heat in Kumbia Cup
RACES: The standard of racing at the Kumbia Cup was equivalent to that of a mid-week metropolitan race.
That's according to joint Cup winning jockey Hannah Phillips.
Land Office was declared the winner of the Cup but on revision it was declared a tie, with Still the Same to share top honours.
It was the second dead heat from over 700 starts for jockey Hannah Phillips who guided Still the Same to victory.
"They (dead heats) are pretty rare, they can usually find a margin of some kind,” she said.
"I have been beaten by the width of a cigarette paper and have won by the same.
"That race was what you could expect at a mid-week metro meeting and any one of the horses could have won.”
The thoroughbreds have earned a start at Doomben Racecourse on December 1 as part of the inaugural Country Cups Challenge.
The Kumbia race was one of 16 qualifying events with the winner to line up at the group three George Moore Stakes Day.
Trainer of Land Office, Darryl Ward, is excited the gelding will have the opportunity to test itself against the top race horses from across country Queensland.
"He has won in Brisbane before but he has never won over 1600m,” he said.
"That will be a test for him but we are happy to be able to give it a go.”
Prior to Tuesday's race Ward didn't know where Kumbia was unlike part owner of Still the Same, Chas Clifford.
Clifford is no stranger to the Kumbia track as a former stipendiary steward and in retirement is enjoying having success on the other side of the fence.
"We are very happy, he is a fighter and never gives in,” he said.
"I like meeting with country people and enjoying their company. They are hard workers and honest and they enjoy more recognition than what they get.”
The Cup was the final of five races at Kumbia on Tuesday.
Princess Kandis crossed the line first in the 900m class B handicap followed by Line Up and Avasa.
The second race, the 1200m maiden plate, was won by De Bandit Vega, with Black Envy in second and Ringo's Magic.
The 1200m QTIS class one handicap was taken out by Mister Spinks followed by Mishani Silva and The Intern.
Gambit took out top honours in the 1400m benchmark 55 handicap with Fort Myer in second and Legendary Luke in third.