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Springtime Success At Wondai

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Soaking up the Spring sunshine were Whitney Evans, from Brisbane; Sam Emslie, Kingaroy; and Kahla O’Grady, Gold Coast

October 23, 2018

Racegoers enjoyed perfect Spring weather at Wondai’s annual Caulfield Cup meeting on Saturday.

A good crowd turned out to enjoy the five-race meeting as well as a hotly contested Fashions of the Field competition.

Guest fashion judges Lorraine Ryan and Gloria Kirkness, from Nanango, cast their eyes over a field of entrants selected by competition organiser Kathy Duff.

The theme of “Flowers and Fascinators” ensured there were plenty of floral prints on parade.

The highlight on the sand was the annual Wondai Cup, named in honour of South Burnett Race Club stalwarts Roy and Glenis Radunz.

Hivesville owner / trainer Lindsay Anderson earned the glory with his seven-year-old grey gelding, Clouds, who romped home ahead of a small field with Hannah English aboard.

It was a day of ups and does for jockey Maurice Crawford who finished with two seconds, as well as an eight-day suspension and a reprimand for careless riding.

Roy and Glenis Radunz present the Wondai Cup to Clouds owner / trainer Lindsay Anderson . . . Roy has been connected with the South Burnett Race Club for an amazing 57 years

Owner / trainer Lindsay and Jodie Anderson, from Hivesville, with jockey Hannah English and Clouds after taking out the Roy and Glenis Radunz Wondai Cup

Laiken and Jorja Smith, and Abby Hay, from Kingaroy

Boys Fashions of the Field winner Ryan O’Neill, 3, from Wondai, takes a peek at his prizes

Women’s Fashions of the Fields winner Rhianon Turner, from Murgon

Men’s Fashions of the Field winner Matt Gardner, from Marsden

Girls’ Fashions of the Field winner Paitin O’Neill, 14 months, with her mum Lauren, from Wondai

Enjoying a day at the races were Peter Bollen, Cloyna; Jacinta Jones, Wondai; Amanda List, Wondai; Brittany Holding, Cloyna; and Conan Holding, Cloyna

Friends Francine Hancock and Deb Dennien, from Kingaroy, reminisced about the old days at the track

Fashions judges Lorraine Ryan and Gloria Kirkness, from Nanango chatted with Larraine Barlow, from Ashgrove, and Eva Stewart, from Cherbourg (at rear)

Megan Kingston and Anneliese Steinhardt, from Murgon, were having fun in the sun

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Echoing streaked past the winning post in Race 2, an easy three-and-a-half lengths ahead of its nearest rivals Paradiski and Schindler

Race 1: Harley’s Heavy Diesel Maiden Plate (1100m)

1. Classic Beau (8) — Taylor Williams
2. Cimarron Kid (2) — Maurice Crawford
3. Windquest (7) — Cecily Eaton
Time: 1:07.29
Margins: 1 1/2 lengths x 1 3/4 lengths

Race 2: The Monica Ryan Trophy QTIS Class 2 Plate (1100m)

1. Echoing (6) — Cecily Eaton
2. Paradiski (8) — Maurice Crawford
3. Schindler (3) — Hannah English
Time: 1:07.02
Margins: 3 1/2 lengths x 1 head

Race 3: G. Crumpton And Sons Class B Handicap (850m)

1. Solgaze (6) — Shannon Apthorpe
2. Royal Equiano (1) — Robert Faehr
3. Arenkha (7) — Cecily Eaton
Time: 0:49.94
Margins: 1 3/4 lengths x 2 3/4 lengths

Race 4: Kingaroy RSL Class B Handicap (1465m)

1. Elusive Element (2) — Shannon Apthorpe
2. Star Of Columbia (7) — Taylor Williams
3. Mudcrab (5) — Kelly Gates
Time: 1:31.93
Margins: 2 lengths x 3 1/2 lengths

Race 5: Roy And Glenis Radunz Wondai Cup / Burnett To The Beach Open Handicap (1465m)

1. Clouds (4) — Hannah English
2. Cooee March (6) — Robert Faehr
3. Kira’s Beat (1) — Heather Poland
Time: 1:31.06
Margins: 1 3/4 lengths x 1 length

The feature race of the day – the Roy and Glenis Radunz Wondai Cup – was won by Clouds with Nanango jockey Hannah English aboard

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