September 15, 2020
Nanango Race Club’s Spring race meeting on Saturday was full or surprises … and one of the biggest was the size of the crowd that packed into Lee Park.
Nanango Race Club’s courtesy bus from Kingaroy was filled near to capacity, and the crowds waiting at Nanango’s Fitzroy Hotel were so large the bus had to make several extra trips to ferry all passengers to the track.
Like the club’s August outing, the meeting was run as a COVID Safe event. This meant all guests had to provide contact details at the front gate and circulate in a slightly altered trackside layout where both the regular canteen and Pink Champagne Bars were closed.
A feature of the meeting was the running of the Nanango Cup, an annual event usually held each August.
This year – mostly because of scheduling conflicts, but partly because of the pandemic – the Cup was held over a month to the Spring meeting.
The result was a smaller than usual field vying for the $10,250 prize money on offer.
But the Cup competition was no less fierce than usual, and it produced one of the closest races of the day with winner Craiglea Simmo just managing to pip Legs Unbarred to the winning post by half a length.
Nanango Race Club also used to meeting to debut its new saddlecloths, which were sponsored by the Jackson family.
The new gear sports special modifications that helps prevent riders and their saddles slipping during a race.
The South East Country Racing Association (SECRA) also made use of the meeting to present its annual awards.
The year Nanango owners, trainers and jockeys took the lions share of these coveted gongs.
Fitzroy Hotel publican Peter Jackson was awarded Owner Of The Year for his horse Eight Over; Nanango trainer Glenn Richardson was awarded Trainer Of The Year; and Glenn’s wife Hannah was awarded Jockey Of The Year.
Another regular feature of the Race Club’s program that was missing at its first post-COVID meeting last month – the Fashions Of The Field competition – also made a welcome return on Saturday.
Cr Kathy Duff prowled the grounds while the first trio of races were run to find the most stylish patrons, and later presented the winners with packs of Moffatdale Ridge wines after the judges had arrived at their decisions.
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Race 1 – Nanango Caravan Service & Repairs QTIS Maiden Plate (1000m)
1. Emmabrooke (6) – Ron Goltz
2. Marylee (7) – Marnu Potgieter
2. Craiglea Daniel (3) – Adam Spinks
Margins: Short neck x 6 3/4 lengths
Race 2 – Star Motel Nanango BenchMark 60 Handicap (1000m)
1. Walshie (1) – Paul Hamblin
2. Petite Elle (6) – Girish Goomany
3. Havashout (2) – Rebecca Wilson
Margins: 6 lengths x short neck
Race 3 – Huston Nissan Class B Handicap (1200m)
1. Tedder Express (7) – Hannah Richardson
2. De Vega Peach (4) – Robert Faehr
3. Curry Connection (3) – Rebecca Wilson
Margins: 4 3/4 lengths x 3 1/4 lengths
Race 4 – Fitzroy Hotel Cheers Drought Master Lager Nanango Cup Open Handicap (1600m)
1. Craiglea Simmo (6) – Adam Spinks
2. Legs Unbarred (4) – Robert Faehr
3. Gambit (3) – Hannah Richardson
Margins: 1/2 length x 1 1/2 lengths
Race 5 – Heritage Bank Nanango Class B Handicap (1600m)
1. Mahussey (1) – Paul Hamblin
2. Heather Joan (8) – Adam Spinks
3. Fury Of The Storm (2) – Hannah Richardson
Margins: 16 lengths x short neck
- View videos of all five races on the Nanango Race Club’s YouTube Channel