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Karlee Lewis, from Blackbutt, and Jodi Rowell, from Nanango, dressed to the meeting’s Spring Florals theme

September 17, 2019

Nanango Race Club president Andrew Green was pleased with attendance numbers at Saturday’s Spring meeting … despite so many competing events being held on the same day.

While some regulars may have decided to attend Blackbutt’s Avocado Festival, the nearby Nanango Music Muster or any of the other 24 events running in the South Burnett that day, it seemed punters from outside the area made up for any shortfall.

The fashion theme was Spring Florals which meant colourful floral dresses and stylish fascinators were the order of the day the many female patrons.

St Mary’s Catholic College had a contingent at the track to support the running of the annual St Mary’s Catholic College Plate.

There were plenty of opportunities for punters, with favourites taking out three of the day’s five races.

Nanango Race Club’s next meet will be the annual Christmas Race Meeting.

This will be held on Sunday, December 1 (rather than a Saturday) and if last year’s bumper attendance is any guide, it will be another big day at Lee Park.

In between, racegoers can attend Wondai’s popular Caulfield Cup meeting on Saturday, October 19, and Kumbia Race Club’s Melbourne Cup meeting on Tuesday, November 5.

Bookmaker Terry Lucas was happy to advise Kingaroy’s Abigail Andersson about the odds on offer in Lee Park’s betting ring at Nanango Race Club’s colourful Spring race meeting

Crows Nest’s Veronica Smoothy and Rebekah Venn with friend Lynda Hanson, from Pechey

St Mary’s Catholic College principal Angela Myles and business manager Kym Schultz presented a trophy to Trudy Connolly and Jane Walduck, the wife and sister of trainer of Royce Connolly, assisted by Grace Myles, 8, and Olivia Jance, 8 … Royce’s horse ‘Chamberlain’ won this year’s St Mary’s Plate

Trainer Laura Cronan and strapper Norm Hobbs congratulated jockey Miki Nakao after her winning ride aboard ‘Gambit’ in Race 4

Jackie Martin and Theresa Burnett toasted their friend Linda Jaszczyszyn, centre, for winning the meeting’s Fashions Of The Field competition … the happy trio are all from Nanango

Kingaroy’s Deb Richardson met up with Coalbank friend Paula Hanhiniemi at the track to congratulate Paula on her first wedding anniversary …

… and a little later Paula’s husband Doug posed for an affectionate hug for the camera

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‘Chamberlain’ (Tessa Townsend) beat favourite ‘Siouxsie’ (Hannah English) to the finishing post by almost two lengths in this year’s St Mary’s Catholic College Class 2 Plate

Race Results

Race 1 – Three Way Photos Class B Handicap (800m)
1. Speedy (1) – Billie-Rose Andrew
2. Freeze De Beers (3) – Hannah English
3. Cool Chaos (2) – Tessa Townsend
Time: 0:46.13
Margins: 3 3/4 lengths x long neck

Race 2 – Star Tyrepower Kingaroy Maiden Plate (1000m)
1. Your My Boy Blue (4) – Billie-Rose Andrew
2. Begin (1) – Hannah Phillips
3. Craiglea Oscar (10) – Jason Missen
Time: 0:59.18
Margins: 5 1/4 lengths x 2 1/4 lengths

Race 3 – St Mary’s Catholic College Class 2 Plate (1000m)
1. Chamberlain (2) – Tessa Townsend
2. Siouxsie (5) – Hannah English
3. Brad The Lad (1) – Melissa Cox
Time: 0:58.72
Margins: 1 3/4 lengths x 2 1/4 lengths

Race 4 – Star Motel Nanango BenchMark 65 Handicap (1200m)
1. Gambit (4) – Miki Nakao
2. Pretty Song (3) – Tessa Townsend
3. Hellava Babe (1) – Billie-Rose Andrew
Time: 1:10.70
Margins: 1 1/4 lengths x 1 3/4 lengths

Race 5 – Heritage Nanango BenchMark 55 Handicap (1600m)
1. Marlahn (2) – Tessa Townsend
2. A Little Wicked (7) – Hannah English
3. Ghetto Boy (1) – Gregory Hayes
Time: 1:35:28
Margins: Head x 3/4 length

  • View videos of all five races on the Nanango Race Club’s YouTube Channel

A late push by ‘Gambit’ (Miki Nakao) saw it win against rival ‘Pretty Song’ (Tessa Townsend) by a little over a length in Race 4


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