December 5, 2017
Nanango Race Club’s Christmas Race Meeting went ahead on Sunday despite dire rainfall threats of 25mm to 50mm from the Weather Bureau.
While a small downpour fell across Nanango early in the day which left the race track rated as soft, the meeting stayed dry and pleasant throughout.
Three christmas parties and a 40th birthday were celebrated trackside, and many patrons took to the meeting’s fashion theme of “70s Flairs and Big Hair” with gusto.
Attendance numbers were easily equal to the club’s September meeting, if not slightly higher.
And while there were two or three scratchings in each of the day’s five races, big fields in four of them ensured punters were spoiled for choice.
The Malcolm McCallum Memorial Class B Handicap and the Nanango RSL / Pederson Memorial QTIS Maiden Plate drew a lot of attention, but favourites punters had to wait for the third race of the day of the day for a win.
The Race Club’s canteen did a steady trade in food all day, and the Champagne@TheBit bar was kept busy dispensing ice-cold bubbly, a popular seasonal choice.
Nanango Race Club president Andrew Green said that Sunday’s forecast deluge had kept committee members on edge all week in the lead-up to the event.
And Sunday morning’s downpour in Nanango’s CBD made him expect the worst.
But as things turned out, the meeting ran without either the predicted bad weather or incident, and he was very grateful for the strong support racegoers had shown for it.
The Christmas race meeting is the club’s last race meeting for the calendar year, and also the last for the region.
But Nanango will kick off 2018’s racing season with its annual “Think Pink” Valentines-themed meeting on February 24, and follow it five weeks later with the club’s Easter Race Meeting.
Race 1 – Malcolm McCallum Memorial Class B Handicap (800m)
1. Karma Force (3) – Nathan Evans
2. Good Gracious Mae (5) – Hannah English
3. Coalbank Caviar (6) – Hannah Phillips
Margins: 1/2 Length x 1 Length
Race 2 – Nanango RSL / Pedersen Memorial QTIS Maiden Plate (1000m)
1. Past Dark (9) – Taylor Williams
2. Red Wedding (2) – Shannon Apthorpe
3. First Bid (1) – Hannah English
Margins: 1 Length x 1/2 Length
Race 3 – Wild Horse FM Yarraman BenchMark 65 Handicap (1000m)
1. Squeemi (7) – Gary Geran
2. Captain Tango (5) – Jason Hoopert
3. Heza Chumley (3) – Skye Bogenhuber
Margins: 2 1/4 Lengths x Short nose
Race 4 – Heritage Bank Nanango Ratings Brand 0 – 55 Handicap (1200m)
1. Man Overboard (4) – Billie-Rose Derbyshire
2. Craiglea Ceon (12) – Kelly Gates
3. Little Albert (7) – Sky Bogenhuber
Margins: 2 1/4 lengths x 1/2 length
Race 5 – John Dundas Automotive BenchMark 50 Handicap (1600m)
1. Marlahn (9) – Hannah English
2. Nights Ablaze (1) – Pietro Romeo
3. All Apples (3) – Gary Geran
Margins: 1 1/2 Lengths x 3/4 Length