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Julia Martin’s Corn Cob wins Geoff McPherson Memorial Handicap at Geraldton Turf Club

Reuben CarderGeraldton Guardian
Julia Martin with the Geoff McPherson Memorial Handicap trophy.
Camera IconJulia Martin with the Geoff McPherson Memorial Handicap trophy. Credit: Reuben Carder

Geraldton racehorse Corn Cob continued a stunning run of form with a fourth win in seven starts on Saturday, taking out the Geoff McPherson Memorial Handicap over 1420m at Geraldton Turf Club.

Trainer Julia Martin, who owns a 10 percent stake in the three-year-old, said the plan had been to spell him after the previous result — but he had pulled up so well they decided to give him another run.

“We thought we’d see how he went over the 1400 again,” Martin said.

“He’ll have a freshen up now and maybe go to Perth in the next month.

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She said she was “that grateful” to majority owner Peter Maver for the chance.

McPherson was a long-time president of the turf club and an accomplished trainer.

The handicap is supported by the family of McPherson including his widow, Joy.

“He was a very active Mid West racing identity,” turf club manager David Wrensted said.

“He was chairman for a considerable time, and was a very successful trainer in own right.”

Around 35 members of McPherson’s family were at the track for the race.

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