Celebration for Gilll's Gympie Cup triumph
IT WAS a memorable victory for local jockey Desiree Gill on Saturday when she won the Gympie Cup for the second consecutive year.
Dedicating the trophy to the late Jim Connolly, Gill said it was a privilege to have known such a great man.
"Jim was much loved in the racing community and I told his family I would be racing for him," she said.
"To dedicate the trophy was an honour."
Racing on Troilus Fuse, Gill won the cup for the second year in a row after several years of placing second and third.
Nudging out last year's winner Harney, Gill said she made the decision to ride Troilus because of the extra weight Harney had.
"Last year's victory on Harney will always be close to my heart, but at the end of the day I'm doing a job for the stable and the extra weight meant Troilus was a better chance," she said.
"Troilus is a very handy horse and I've ridden him to victory on sand before so I knew he would perform well."
To top the great weekend of racing off, Gill celebrated her birthday on Sunday.
"Unfortunately I didn't have a chance to celebrate on Saturday because I was racing again on Sunday on the Sunshine Coast but afterwards I made sure to have a drink," she said.
"I'm now looking ahead to the Roma Cup in three weeks where we will take some horses to contest the $60,000 race."