Nanango’s Autumn Race meeting is always dripping with trophies, and Saturday’s outing was no exception.
Nanango Race Club officials use the Autumn meeting to mark the end of their racing year, and the event was the final chance for jockeys, trainers and horses who’ve competed at the track over the past year to win gongs in the Race Club’s annual Premiership competitions.
The meeting is also traditionally the time the Race Club contests three popular events: the annual Garry and Margaret Banks Memorial Trophy, the St Mary’s Catholic College Cup, and the Glenn Richardson Racing Open Handicap.
As things turned out, the weather was near-perfect and nearly all the races were won by stand-out horses who beat their nearest rivals by a length or more.
None were favourites – much to the delight of bookies – but several were the next best thing, which was a great benefit to astute punters with an eye for form.
Presentations of trophies, horse rugs and Moffatdale Ridge wines were held after the 2nd, 3rd and 4th races to owners or trainers of the winners.
This year the Race Club also decided to run a free bus to and from the Goomeri Pumpkin Festival so that people who’d come to that event early could escape for an afternoon of trackside fun.
The move proved very successful, depositing an almost-full bus of racegoers at the track around 12:30pm, then whisking them back after the last race of the day was over so they could get a good night’s sleep before Sunday’s Pumpkin Festival.
Other patrons travelled from as far afield as Tweed Heads, the Sunshine Coast, Bribie Island and Caboolture to attend the meeting, many stylishly dressed to the day’s 1950s Retro fashion theme.
A visiting TV crew from Channel 7’s Queensland Weekender was also on the grounds, filming video and recording interviews to carry the full flavour of a South Burnett country race meeting back to the Big Smoke.
Queensland Weekender’s day out at the Nanango Races will be broadcast on Saturday, June 17 at 5:30pm.
The Nanango Race Club’s first meeting of the new racing year will be its Nanango Cup meeting on August 12, less than a fortnight after all horses celebrate their August 1 birthdays.
The meeting will see the announcement of the winners of the Race Club’s 2016-17 Premierships (best jockey, best trainer and best horse) and it is always one of Nanango’s biggest race meetings of the year.
Race 1 – Nanango Vet Surgery BenchMark 60 Handicap (1000m)
1. Jeptoo (5) – Hannah Phillips
2. Hopetoun Street (3) – Hannah English
3. Got News For You (10) – Leeanne McCoy
Margins: 1 1/2 lengths x 3/4 length
Race 2 – Nanango RSL/Garry and Margaret Banks Memorial Maiden Plate (1200m)
1. Kingsmith Flyer (6) – Melody O’Brien
2. Joyfily (10) – Gemma Steele
3. Urubamba (7) – Hannah English
Margins: 1 1/2 lengths x 2 3/4 lengths
Race 3 – St Mary’s Catholic College Class B Handicap (1200m)
1. Jill’s Shadow (9) – Hannah English
2. Hypnotizing (8) – Jason Missen
3. Coonowrin Ruby (7) – Kelly Gates
Margins: Length x 1/2 length
Race 4 – Glenn Richardson Racing Open Handicap (1200m)
1. Turbo Teddy (7) – Melody O’Brien
2. Glenthorn Avenue (5) – Gemma Steele
3. Klammer (1) – Hannah English
Margins: 1 1/4 lengths x neck
Race 5 – Antler Motel BenchMark 55 Handicap (1500m)
1. Get On (2) – Gemma Steele
2. Laredo Hussler (1) – Paul Hamblin
3. Eight Chance (4) – Chris McIver
Margins: Neck x 1/2 length