December 2, 2019
Nanango’s special Christmas race meeting on Sunday had everything … spills, thrills and even a spot of cooling rain between races.
The novel Sunday format has proven popular for the past three years and punters turned out in force again, including a large contingent from St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School in Nanango who were farewelling long-serving principal Matthew Vine.
But although everyone was enjoying the festive fun, it can’t be said the meeting didn’t have a touch of the silly season about it.
The day started with a puzzle over a missing bus and continued with four late scratchings due to other transport difficulties.
Then there was a deadheat in Race 1, followed by a barrier breakout in Race 2 which led to a riderless horse greeting the judge.
A bizarre mishap delayed the start of Race 3 when keys were accidentally locked inside an official’s vehicle; unfortunately, the vehicle was parked on the track at the time.
Then a heavy but short cloudburst sent patrons scurrying for shelter at the start of Race 4.
But everyone was smiling at the end of Race 5, when Spur With Ease, carrying the number one saddlecloth, raced home in first place – meaning a $1000 donation to the QCWA’s drought appeal from Racing Queensland, matched dollar-for-dollar by Tabcorp, Ladbrokes, Sportsbet and BetEasy.
Racing Queensland CEO Brendan Parnell was on hand to share the good news and congratulate the winning jockey, Minonette Kennedy.
Across Queensland, more than $50,000 was raised during the “1 for the Bush” campaign for drought relief with 10 number one saddlecloth winners at dogs, trots and thoroughbred races on Saturday and Sunday.
The Brisbane Greyhound Racing Club also donated $1000 and the Kilcoy Race Club and Kilcoy Diggers each gave $800, meaning the QCWA appeal will receive a $52,600 boost from the weekend.
Nanango’s next race meeting at Lee Park will be held on February 15.
- View videos all five races on the Nanango Race Club’s YouTube Channel
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Race 1 – Malcolm McCallum Memorial Benchmark 55 Handicap (800m)
1. Good Grab (7) – Kenji Yoshida
2. Dave’s Valor (5) – Kelly Gates
2. Absolute Bonza (2) – Sophie Wilcock
Margins: 3/4 length x 3/4 length (dead heat)
Race 2 – St Patrick’s Farewells Matthew Vine QTIS Class 1 Handicap (1000m)
1. Targets (11) – Melissa Cox
2. Backup Billy (3) – Tessa Townsend
3. Sandy Town (6) – Stephanie Lacy
Margins: 1 length x 1/2 length
Race 3 – Nanango RSL / Pederson Memorial Maiden Plate (1200m)
1. Miss Carolee (7) – Hannah English
2. My Cousin Baby (8) – Gary Geran
3. Joe Albert (4) – Sophie Wilcock
Margins: 3/4 length x long neck
Race 4 – Heritage Bank Burnett To The Valley Benchmark 60 Handicap (1200m)
1. Court Rules (5) – Kenji Yoshida
2. Time Out (6) – Hannah English
3. Mac’s Boy (3) – Tessa Townsend
Margins: Nose x long head
Race 5 – John Dundas Automotive Benchmark 55 Handicap (1600m)
1. Spur With Ease (1) – Minonette Kennedy
2. Rather Salubrious (NZ) (2) – Leeanne McCoy
3. Toogoolawah Trump (7) – Hannah English
Margins: 4 lengths x 1 1/4 length