Owners hail the King
By TONY WHITE
FOR more than 40 years Dubbo based bookmaker Peter Carolan has attended the July Racing Carnival.
"Nothing will ever beat this," the 66-year-old said after King Rex won yesterday's $125,000 Ramornie Hcp.
"This is just so great. I'm a bit emotional at the moment.
"We planned this six months ago. Everything has fallen into place."
Nicknamed 'The Jeweller', Carolan and his wife Pam own the fouryear-old gelding with close friends, retired Louth grazier Gary Kimmorley and his wife Polly.
Carolan has fielded at the Grafton carnival for 37 years and was completely swept up in the euphoria of King Rex's brilliant win, sharing the success with long-time friend, trainer Stephen Hood.
Asked if the result was a good one through his bookmaker stand, the normally composed Carolan said 'I don't know and at the moment I don't really care'.
Carolan is a well-known figure around central west country tracks, a real character who has owned numerous gallopers, most of which have been trained by the astute Tom Mulholland.
King Rex was purchased by Carolan at the Dubbo yearling sales for just $3500.
Yesterday's win took his earnings to just shy of $240,000.
"He was bred by Iva and John Langworthy. I knew the dam's (Vanity Miss) family," Carolan said. "He's from the same family as Colza, a really flying horse that was trained by Jack Denham.
"I just liked the horse. We've looked after him ever since.
"Winning this race is just tremendous. I've always wanted to win a big race during this carnival.
"It's the best in country NSW."
Carolan has known trainer Stephen Hood and his father Mick for more than 30 years.
King Rex was educated by Mulholland but his burgeoning ability has come to the fore under Hood.
Last night the winning group promised to celebrate well into the night.