Racing WA

Northam Cup Preparation Timed To Perfection For Troppingofthecolour

30 January 2023

Troopingofthecolour and Chris Voak after their win in the cup. Photo Credit- Photography by Jodie Hallows


With weeks’ worth of preparation leading up to Saturday nights Grafton Electric’s Northam Pacing Cup, it was a fairy tale ending for Chris Voak and connections, with Troopingofthecolour taking out the $35,000 feature.

“He felt terrific, travelled well all the way.” Voak said.

Trained and driven by Voak, the Allwood Stud owned five-year-old went into the cup after a last start win at Pinjarra just five days earlier, and after a faultless start off the front marker, the pair settled three back on the pegs before making their move with just under a lap to go, and by the time they hit the final bend they were three wide, coming home the better to win by 2.2m in 2:00:2.

“We targeted this race a month ago for him, mapped a plan of standing start races that would have him peak for the cup,”

“That being said, he needed an economical trip to win,”

“I was impressed with his stamina late to draw away with the win.”

After the opportunity arose in mid-2022 for Voak to take on Troopingofthecolour for prominent owners Bob and Marilyn Fowler, it’s proved to be a fruitful acquisition, with the son of formerly stood WA stallion Follow The Stars now having 20 starts for the stable, for 5 wins and multiple placings, with Saturdays win adding a further $20,300 to his purse, with his earnings now edging closer to $100,000 in just 63 starts.

“Thanks to Bob and Marilyn Fowler for the opportunity to train Troopingofthecolour,”

“And thanks to the effort of my wife Asha and father-in-law Frank Vanmaris, for all their hard work.”

Now with the cup under his belt, Troopingofthecolour will now head to metropolitan classed races predominately, where Voak is confident he can continue to race competitively.

“With good trips he can certainly win more races there.”


Team Bond and Ryan Warwick opened the meeting with a win, with Cotton On NZ maing it two from two since making the move to Perth from New Zealand late last year. The $1.36 favourite led all the way over the 1780m, never looking in any danger, with a winning mile rate of 1:56:4.

After leading all the way in race two, Bonstar got the win for Peter Marsh and Shannon Suvaljko, bringing up the mares fourth career victory.

After working his way to the breeze in the early stages, Alcopony took top spot in race three for Kevin Keys and Mitchell Miller, continuing his fabulous form of late.

Seven No Trumps made it two in a row with the win in race four on the card for Peter Tilbrook and Emily Suvaljko. After leading from barrier one, the four-year-old broke at the front of the field, but after quickly getting back down in a pace, he didn’t lose too much ground before eventually going on to win by 1.3m, a massive sigh of relief for favourite punters.

After an extended break from the track and at only her second start back this time in, Dame Valour saluted in the sixth for Ian Foley, giving Ryan Warwick a double in the cart on the night.

Bazza Mac NZ returned to the stables of Luke Edwards with a win, after leading all the way in race seven for Kyle Symington.

It was a messy affair in the last, with Peeping Tom shying in the home straight early in the piece, but all eyes were on Always Be Teddy who went on to win impressively in the maiden for Tracy Reay and Maddy Young, with a 12.6m margin on the line.


Ashleigh Paikos