The excitement is building as the Mort & Co King of the Mountain Carnival proudly announces the first confirmed runner for the upcoming King of the Mountain Horse Race. Rothfire, a 6-year-old bay gelding, will grace the iconic Clifford Park Racecourse on New Year’s Day, January 1, 2024.


Trained by the renowned Robert Heathcote and boasting an impressive racing record, Rothfire is a true powerhouse in the world of thoroughbred racing. With a career earnings total of $2,725,125 and a Group One win to his name, Rothfire represents the pinnacle of equine excellence.


One of Rothfire’s most memorable victories came on June 6, 2020, at Eagle Farm when he clinched the prestigious $350,000 J.J. Atkins 2-Year-Old Plate under the skillful guidance of jockey Jim Byrne. This triumph solidified his reputation as a top-tier racehorse.


Commenting on Rothfire’s inclusion in the race representing the Chris Anderson slot, David Giesemann stated, “We are thrilled to secure Rothfire as our entry into the Mort & Co King of the Mountain Horse Race. He’s a true champion with a remarkable track record, and we believe he has what it takes to compete at the highest level in this year’s event.”


Jason Ward, Chairman of the Toowoomba Turf Club, expressed his excitement about Rothfire’s participation, saying, “Rothfire is a name that commands respect in the world of racing. His presence in the Mort & Co King of the Mountain Race adds immense prestige to the event. We can’t wait to witness this elite athlete in action.”


As anticipation builds for the Mort & Co King of the Mountain Carnival, racing enthusiasts and punters alike can look forward to witnessing Rothfire’s quest for glory in what promises to be a historic race day.


For more information about the Mort & Co King of the Mountain Horse Race and the latest updates on the event, please visit