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Father and son ready to take the Warwick Cup

Father and son Bob and Jason Wanstall are both in the running for the Melbourne Cup of campdrafting, the Black Toyota Warwick Gold Cup with top round 1 scores.
Father and son Bob and Jason Wanstall are both in the running for the Melbourne Cup of campdrafting, the Black Toyota Warwick Gold Cup with top round 1 scores. Gerard Walsh

IT IS one round down and two to go but the chance to go for Black Toyota Warwick Gold Cup glory is not lost on Bob Wanstall and his son Jason.

After the first 266 runs on Tuesday, they were in the top six but after yesterday have a lot more "friends" at the top of the leaderboard.

Bob has been competing in Warwick for 20 years and scored 89 in round 1 on Fancy.

His son Jason has 90 on Colinta Grace.

"I would love to win the Gold Cup myself but would be just as happy if Jason wins," Bob said.

"I have made one final but didn't place.

Jason heads to the campdrafting at Warwick every second or third year and has two third placings, the first on Bob's horse AK in 1995 and the second in the mid 2000s on Cointreau, owned by Dudley McDonald.

Bob, 65, hails from Taroom where he manages a 2500 hectare property with 1000 head of cattle.

"I have been trying for a long time and am young enough to win," he said.

Bob and Jason agree on one thing, there are plenty of variables in campdrafting.

"You need three good steers and luck on your side," Jason said.

He is in Warwick riding six horses, two of his own and four for other owners, including three for his employer Colinta Holdings.

Jason has managed a company property at Collinsville for the past seven years where they run 10,000 cattle and doesn't need much extra time to exercise his horses after property work.

Colinta Grace is owned by the company and could ensure a winner's cheque come Sunday.

Father and son help each other out for each run at the Warwick campdraft.

While there is no book about selecting a beast from the pen the rider believes will secure a place, the Wanstalls think the same way and advise each other as they wait their turn.

If both make it through the second round and to the final on Sunday, they will be assisting each other in beast selection even if they will be aiming to win the same cup for the first time.

"It is good to see anyone win the Gold Cup," Jason said. "Everyone helps each other, campdrafting is a great family sport in this country."

As they approach round 2 on Sunday morning, both reckon a score of 85 or higher will be needed to make the final. Jason has the answer to the million dollar question of what score will be needed to win the Cup.

Collinsville rider Jason Wanstall on Playgirl, one of the six horses he is riding in this week’s campdrafting.
Collinsville rider Jason Wanstall on Playgirl, one of the six horses he is riding in this week’s campdrafting.

 

"The rider with the most points will win," he said.

A betting man could multiply 90 by three for an estimate of a likely winning score.

Current leader Nigel Kable, of Rydal, New South Wales, has won five campdrafts at Warwick on Chevin Ivory and is the current leader on the same horse on 91.

What's the weather like at your place would be the number 1 question at the showgrounds this week.

For the Wanstalls, both admit rain is needed and they are supplementary feeding cattle but aren't in official drought areas. Both are grateful to the campdraft cattle donors.

"Given the season and the economics, it is not a great time to loan cattle," Jason said.

Final first round action in the Supafloats Canning Downs and Black Toyota Warwick Gold Cup is today with the first of the rodeo events tonight from 6pm.

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