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Leanne McCoy on Playful Paris edges out the other runners in Race 4

April 7, 2012

A good crowd turned out to enjoy the sunshine and racing at Lee Park, Nanango, this afternoon.

The highlight of the racing was Race 4, the Sawtell Industries Class 3 Plate, when three runners – Playful Paris, Double Honour and Edwardscissorhands – hit the line in a pack.

It turned out to be a consolation victory for jockey Leanne McCoy on board Playful Paris.

Earlier in the afternoon she had been called to the stewards room after an incident in Race 2 when jockey Jason Hoopert, on He’s No Saint, was checked by her mount Royal Rocket. McCoy was suspended for six race meetings after pleading guilty to a careless riding charge.

McCoy was also involved in an incident in Race 3 on board Miss Warrego, but this time as the victim. Lyle Appo, the rider of Jorja’s Dragon, was found guilty of a careless riding charge after he directed his mount outwards when insufficiently clear of Miss Warrego.  Appo was also suspended for six meetings.  He gained his satisfaction by bringing home the winner in the last race.

Race 1 – Nanango RSL Memorial Maiden Plate – 800m
1. Little Miss Murphy (7) – Ray Hancock
2. Savannah Gold (6) – Desiree Gill
3. Jessica’s Hope (9) – Cecily Eaton
Time: 0:46.51
Margins: 2 1/2 lengths x 3/4 length

Race 2 – McDonald’s Kingaroy QTIS Class 1 Handicap – 1000m
1. Lady Oscar (9) – Melody O’Brien
2. Pretzels (11) – Ian Coombes
3. Raku Tu (7) – Wayne O’Connell
Time: 0:59.13
Margins: Head x 1/2 length

Lyall Appo celebrates on Oakfield Babe

Race 3 – Reg Townsend Memorial / Nanango Removals Maiden Plate – 1200m
1. The Man Said (11) – Desiree Gill
2. General Baxter (3) – Michael McKenzie
3. Fairglase (12) – Cecily Eaton
Time: 1:12.2
Margins: Nose x 1 length

Race 4 – Sawtell Industries Class 3 Plate – 1200m
1. Playful Paris (7) – Leanne McCoy
2. Double Honour (6) – Lyle Finlay
3. Edwardscissorhands (3) – Shaun Bayliss
Time: 1:11.16
Margins: Head x neck

Race 5 – Maidenwell Hotel Class B Handicap – 1600m
1. Oakfield Babe (9) – Lyall Appo
2. Devil’s Brew (10) – Shaun Bayliss
3. Lunar Cycle (7) – Lyle Finlay
Time: 1:36.1
Margins: 1/2 length x short neck

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