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Brooke Hams, Brianah Snow, and sisters Renae and Ashleigh Pollock came from Yarraman to enjoy a day at the track; their stylish outfits won them a Fashions On The Field award

March 3, 2018

Nanango Race Club officials breathed a collective sigh of relief last Saturday when their first race meeting of the year managed to avoid the rain.

Lee Park had received a drenching the night beforehand and with storm clouds threatening a repeat on race day, officials waited until Saturday morning to announce the meeting would go ahead as planned.

While it rained in many parts of the region that day, Lee Park remained dry until the last race had been run.

The two hundred or so spectators who braved the weather were treated to a relaxed meeting in pleasant late summer conditions, and jockeys and horses managed the soft track without incident.

That wasn’t to say precautions weren’t taken, though.

Because of the threat of rain – including an immense rain cloud that covered the skies around lunchtime – race club officials moved all the day’s races forward by 20 minutes.

They also shortened the last race by 30 metres to avoid water near the 1600 metre mark.

However by the time the second race had been run, blue skies erupted and things stayed that way the rest of the day.

The meeting’s fashion theme was “Floral Shirts, Floppy Hats and Floaty Dresses” and many people dressed to it.

Half a dozen were rewarded for their efforts with a bottle of Moffatdale Ridge wine by roving judges who mingled with the crowd.

Many children took advantage of free face-painting, while other guests were simply content to sit under the race track’s large awnings and watch the world go by.

Nanango Race Club’s next meeting will be held on Easter Saturday and it promises to be much bigger.

The meeting will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the resumption of racing in Nanango, and the race club are planning a big celebration to mark it.

Brendan Pitt, Brisbane, Kingaroy's Matt Smith, David Patterson, Brisbane, and Sydney's Grant Mitchell picked up a collective Fashions On The Field award for their floral shirts

Millie Browne won a bottle of Moffatdale Ridge wine for her outfit, which was presented to her by judge Noel Trace

Carol Gray took a fashion award for her dress ...

... and so did Melody Stacey

Stevie Carey, 9, Telleah Marr, 8, Porsche Jackson, 7, and Saige Carey, 7, were delighted with the free face painting on offer at Lee Park

Many people took advantage of Lee Park's ample awnings to keep the rain clouds at bay, but as things turned out they needn't have worried

Minutes after the last race of the day had been run, a rainbow erupted over the winning post

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Owners Baz Goodwill and Barry Green were delighted when their horse First Bid took out the first race of the day; so was strapper Tamara Noble, jockey Hannah English and trainer Glenn Richardson

Second was daylight ... First Bid streaked past the winning post a clear four and three quarter lengths ahead of its nearest rival in what turned out to be the biggest winning margin of the day


Race 1 – Wellcamp Fabrications Maiden Plate (800m)
1. First Bid (2) – Hannah English
2. Paradiski (6) – Jason Hoopert
3. Stash The Silver (7) – Kelly Gates
Time: 0:46.73
Margins: 4 3/4 Lengths x 1/2 Neck

Race 2 – Bechley’s Transport Class B Handicap (800m)
1. Storm Anchor (7) – Rhiannon Payne
2. Good Gracious Mae (5) – Kelly Gates
3. Past Dark (2) – Hannah English
Time: 0:46.48
Margins: 3/4 Length x 1 Length

Race 3 – Nanango Bookmakers Association BenchMark 50 Handicap (1200m)
1. Ballina Bay (9) – Kelly Gates
2. Benovsky (6) – Hannah English
3. Hariir (5) – Cecily Eaton
Time: 1:12.61
Margins: 1/2 Length x 1/2 Head

Race 4 – Heritage Bank Nanango Open Handicap (1200m)
1. All Host (1) – Justin Stanley
2. Snuggle Pot (5) – Billie-Rose Derbyshire
3. Murranji (4) – Hannah English
Time: 1:11.63
Margins: 1 1/4 Lengths x 1 Neck

Race 5 – Ken Mills Toyota BenchMark 60 Handicap (1570m)
1. Endless Don (3) – Gregory Hayes
2. You Can’t Be (4) – Hannah Phillips
3. Marlahn (5) – Cecily Eaton
Time: 1:35.06
Margins: 1 Neck x 1 3/4 Lengths

Things were tighter in the third race of the day, where Ballina Bay narrowly took line honours over Benovsky and Hariir

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