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Race Crowd Turns Out To Honour Anzacs

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April 26, 2018

Wondai’s traditional Anzac Day Race Meeting always draws a crowd, but this year it turned out to be one of the biggest seen in many seasons.

Race-goers began arriving at the course from about 1:00pm after Anzac Day commemorations had finished, and after a morning of solemn ceremonies they were clearly in the mood to unwind and have some fun.

Warm, sunny Autumn weather quickly saw punters search for shade at the bar and betting ring, in the dining area, atop the grandstand or under rows of tents set up at both ends of the concourse.

But happily, the South Burnett Race Club had foreseen the need to provide extra sun cover.

So while the track was certainly crowded, most people were able to enjoy the day in comfort.

As things turned out, many punters had a good day of it with favourites taking out three of the five races, some by very wide margins.

But a couple of highly fancied horses failed to fire on Wondai’s sand track and their owners may be considering grass for their next outing.

Fashionistas also had a field day, with many stylish women dressing to the meeting’s “Poppies and Pearls” fashion theme.

Men had slightly less opportunity to do the same, but a number tried to incorporate poppy badges, flowers or poppy colours in their outfits.

Over a dozen girls and boys competed in the late afternoon fashion competition, which was also one of the biggest roll-ups seen in the past half-dozen meetings, much to the delight of spectators.

Jockeys enjoyed a largely incident-free meeting as well, with two reprimanded for inappropriate whip usage and another given a nine-day suspension for careless riding.

South Burnett Race Club officials said they were very pleased with the way the meeting went, and are now looking forward to the race club’s Winter race day on July 7.

Murgon mum Rhianon Watkins brought daughter Ariat, 9 months, to enjoy a day at the races; both dressed to the “Poppies and Pearls” theme

Mitch Davis, from Gympie, and Peta Dray, from Widgee, were enjoying their day off at the track

CROW-FM announcers Chantal Harth and Shaz Birkett are both regular race-goers, and rarely miss a race day at the Wondai track

Fashions On The Field judges Jane Mason and Gaye Hobbs relaxed before the difficult process of picking the day's fashion winners got underway

Kingaroy friends Brianne McIntyre and Jade Baker enjoyed watching the trackside action

After the day's last race had been run, Deputy Mayor Kathy Duff chatted with Dr Stella Miller from The Country Dentist in Murgon

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Race 2's red-hot favourite Liverpool Jane with jockey Jason Hoopert aboard streaked past the winning post a clear three lengths ahead of their nearest rival

Results

Race 1 – BZE Murgon Class B Handicap (1100m)
1. Paradiski (5) – Adam Spinks
2. Wilhelmina (6) – Rebecca Williams
3. Spydropper (2) – Mark Elliott
Time: 1:06.84
Margins: Length x 1 1/2 Lengths

Race 2 – Wondai Hotel And Cellar / Wondai Real Estate Open Handicap (1100m)
1. Liverpool Jane (2) – Jason Hoopert
2. Rosie’s Son (4) – Dakota Graham
3. Mah Baker (3) – Adam Spinks
Time: 1:05.57
Margins: 3 Lengths x 1/2 Neck

Race 3 – Lilivale Stud QTIS BenchMark 55 Handicap (850m)
1. Star Painter (6) – Sally Sweeney
2. Scarlet’s Choice (4) – Jason Missen
3. Need Finance (10) – Pietro Romeo
Time: 0:50.89
Margins: Length x Neck

Race 4 – Wondai RSL Maiden Plate (1465m)
1. Willy Be Lucky (5) – Gregory Hayes
2. Naughty Corner (2) – Alannah Badger
3. Heirsroc (1) – Gemma Steele
Time: 1:32.76
Margins: 6 1/4 Lengths x 3 1/4 Lengths

Race 5 – Wondai Diggers Club Cup BenchMark 65 Handicap (1465m)
1. Clouds (4) – Gemma Steele
2. Better Idea (1) – Cecily Eaton
3. Endless Don (6) – Gregory Hayes
Time: 1:31.65
Margins: 1 3/4 Lengths x 1 3/4 Lengths

In Race 4, Willy Be Lucky led the field in the first run past the winning post; by the end of the 1465m race, the horse had extended its lead to a commanding six and a half lengths


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