Fashions of the Field winner Jackie Walker with judge Cr Kathy Duff; as well as wine from Moffatdale Ridge, Jacki was also presented with a silver bracelet from Cr Duff's Silverbelles jewellery

January 13, 2013

“Purrrfect Pink” was the theme for Saturday’s Nanango Races but it could well have been “hot pink” as the mercury climbed officially to just over 37 degrees.

The temperature may have kept some patrons away from the Lee Park track, but there was still an eager crowd of punters for the four-race meeting, and the Moffatdale Ridge Fashions of the Field competition was as hotly contested as ever.

If the colour of the day was pink, the lucky number was definitely “4”, with the number four saddlecloth on board three winners and a third placegetter.

Nanango trainer Scott Pedron had a good day, with six-year-old bay gelding Blackgold winning by a head in Race 3. The Pedron-owned and trained Forshot also took out third spot in the last race.

Racegoers battling the heat welcomed the new shaded area in front of the bar which was unveiled for the first time on Saturday.

Nanango Race Club president John Lee said the structure and concrete slab cost about $20,000. It was erected with assistance from Stanwell and fund-raising by the club.

Jockey Ian Coombes and trainer Scott Pedron with Blackgold owner Heather Kocsis and Heather's grandson Jamie Sherwell, 2, and his grandad Joe Sherwell
Fashions of the Field winner Mark O'Shannessy with Nanango Racing Ambassador Noel Trace
Fashions of the Field junior boys winner Zac Noyes, 7, from Brisbane
Fashions of the Field junior girls winner Mahalia Ward, 5, from Imbil with Cr Kathy Duff
Lucy King and Cassandra Lount, from Kingaroy, were enjoying a day at the races
The Nanango Visitor Information had an "official" stall at the races to assist visitors to the region; from left, Danielle Turmaine, Alison Gilbert and Mary Green

Race Results:

Nanango-trained Blackgold overcomes Sweet Hussy on the line to take out Race 3

Race 1 – Three-Way Photos Class 1 Handicap – 800m 
1. Hidden Starlet (1) – Bobby El-Issa
2. Flash Apache (10) – Wayne O’Connell
3. Casual Connections (4) – Tomarra Serjeant
Time: 0:46.1
Margins: 1/2 length  x head

Race 2 – BP Roadhouse Nanango Maiden Plate – 1200m
1. Mr Deekay (4) – Amy Taylor
2. Miss Mookychick (8) – Bobby El-Issa
3. Gems Tatt (2) – Lyall Appo
Time: 1:11.00
Margins: long neck x short neck

Race 3 – Nanango Gas Suppliers Benchmark 65 Handicap – 1200m
1. Blackgold (4) – Ian Coombes
2. Sweet Hussy (7) – Paul Randall
3. Lion Beauty (6) – Amy Taylor
Time: 1:10.00
Margins: head x 3/4 length

Race 4 – Nanango Foodworks Class B Handicap – 1600m
1. Hot Chocolat (4) – Bobby El-Issa
2. Wild Rumours (7) – Billie-Rose Derbyshire
3. Forshot (8) – Ian Coombes
Time: 1:35.80
Margins:  1/2 length x 5 1/4 length

Hot Chocolat and Wild Rumours scoot away from the rest of the field in Race 4