Hercules the ram is Towri Woolly Cup’s undefeated reigning champion for good reason.
At 12 years of age, the fat tailed Awassi breed sheep might be getting on in years, but he can outrun the rest of the flock for a good feed at the end of the racetrack.
The way to Hercules’ heart is through his stomach. He loves breaking into the garden to eat the roses and pushing in for pats at every opportunity.
Hercules will go up against his woolly mates when Towri Sheep Cheeses hosts its fourth annual Towri Woolly Cup from 11.30am to 4.30pm on 2 November.
Mother daughter duo Carolyn and Dallas Davidson – known as the Towri ladies – will put on a solid spread for racegoers, featuring live music and plenty of good food including their own cheeses on the menu.
There’ll be canapés by Beaudesert Café, main course by acclaimed local chef, Daniel Groneberg of Kooroomba Vineyard and Lavender Farm, and entrée and dessert by the Towri ladies.
Competition will be fierce in the “best themed sheep hat” contest, with last year’s outrageous winning entry by loyal Towri stockist Eleni Pippos from Eleni’s Gourmet Deli in Brisbane hard to top.
There will also be prizes for “best dressed ewe” (female) and “best dressed ram” (male).
Dallas Davidson, who is also this year’s runner-up Beaudesert Show Rural Ambassador, said it was always a fun day out.
“It’s probably our biggest event for locals and it’s always nice to see some familiar local faces on race day because it’s so handy to Beaudesert,” she said.
“We just do a Calcutta style of betting – it’s basically a lucky dip who you get. You put in $5, and you get a couple of sheep and cheer for them at the racetrack.”
All sheep runners will be announced closer to race day, and Melbourne Cup will be screened (no bets taken).
Tickets are $98 per person and bookings are essential. For more information and to book, visit https://events.humanitix.com/towri-woolly-cup2021.