By Jordan Gerrans
A berth in the 2021 TAB Battle of the Bush Series final might just set up the career of rookie Wandoan trainer Will Loudon.
And, if one of his team can qualify for the $200,000 Final on Tattersall’s Tiara Race day at Eagle Farm on Saturday, June 26, expect a travelling party of around 200 from the country town.
Loudon, who’s family has been in racing for generations, took out his official trainers’ licence just last year and has three winners to his name since the middle of July of 2020.
With Quilpie, as one of the new venues that will take part, kicking off the 2021 TAB Battle of the Bush Series qualifiers this Saturday afternoon, Loudon (pictured) has devised a plan to get his consistent gelding All Eez to the big smoke.
A winner of nine from 42 races, All Eez carries the top-weight in the opening qualifier of the 2021 series, which is set to be contested by eight seasoned bush gallopers over 1100m.
“We have been trying to set him up for this and if he does not qualify from this race, we will chase the next one,” Loudon said.
“We will just follow the series until we can get one in, maybe look at the Charleville Newmarket next.
“Hopefully we can get a start in the Battle of the Bush final, something like that kind of race, if you are lucky enough to pull it off, it could really set up your training career for life.”
As Loudon is the first trainer to base himself at the Wandoan track, which is in the Eastern Downs country racing association of Queensland, in over a decade, he believes half the town would converge on Eagle Farm if he could qualify.
“I bought this horse aiming for this series,” he explained.
“It would be just great to get to the final in town because there is a heap of local fellas who are in the ownership group.
“It would be great for the town because I think there will be half the town coming from Wandoan to Brisbane.”
One concern Loudon does have ahead of Saturday is that he feels All Eez is crying out for the 1200m, feeling 1100m may be a little short.
Quilpie Diggers' Race Club president Sam Bartlett is looking forward to hosting a Battle of the Bush Series qualifier for the first time.
“That is the plan, hopefully we get a good roll up of trainers, we have already had a number of inquiries from trainers from different areas that do not always come to Quilpie,” Bartlett said.
“That is good to hear and hopefully we can have a good weekend and everything can run smoothly.”