McInnerney’s daughter, Cassie Ryan, who is also now on the club’s committee, believes whenever Morven races, it is one of the biggest community events of the year.
“It is only a small town out here, we have about 250 people I think, so the races are by far the biggest event in Morven in the year,” Ryan said.
“We have two meetings this year with the June one a catch-up meeting from last year that was rained out.
“In the second weekend of September, that is our big annual races when we usually race once a year.
“It is always well supported by the community and the surrounds, on a normal race meeting, we would get around 500 people.”
It is a family affair at Morven with McInnerney’s wife serving as secretary when he was president, despite there not being much racing history within their family.
“It is a fun thing to be involved with, the whole community gets behind it and supports it and the club,” McInnerney said.
“I was a part owner in a horse years and years ago but that did not go as I would have hoped.”
A permanent stable and trainer have not been based at Morven for over a decade but come race day over the years, trainers from as far and wide as Toowoomba to Rockhampton have made the trip in recent years.
McInnerney thinks a unique part of their track, for their area, is what draws in stables from long distances away.
“We run an 1800 metre start at our track, it is one of the longest ones out this way,” he says.
“In some years we stump up over $10,000 for that race, which you do not see often out here.
“It is a bit of a feature as the horses go past the winning post twice here in a race like that.
“It is a good race to watch and horses come from a long way away to come here.”
This Saturday the 2021 Morven Cup will be run over 1400 metres and will be named the Graham & Ian Sheppard Memorial.
Stables from Charleville, Roma, Blackall, and St George are likely to descend on Morven this weekend.
Iverson, who claimed Cup success at Injune earlier this month with Mishani Blossom, thinks the four-year-old mare will be competitive in the Morven Cup.
“I am sure that my last runner at Morven was the Cup with a mare called Power and Water,” Iverson said.
“I won the Injune Cup earlier this month and I got to thinking and I remembered that I had won every Cup in the area except for Quilpie.
“I have trained two winners at Morven in my life and they were both on the same day, the Cup and a maiden race.”
The Iverson team is likely to have two in the maiden this Saturday as well as the Cup contender, Mishani Blossom.
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