Fashions of the Field winner Vanessa Fox, centre, with Nick and Kate Otto (and their two children), Ros Otto and Cr Kathy Duff

April 28, 2022

The South Burnett Race Club’s traditional Anzac Day races went ahead at the Wondai track on Monday afternoon, despite the intermittent showers.

The grey skies didn’t deter punters who filled the betting ring or entrants in the Fashions of the Field contest which had a “Poppies and Pearls” theme.

And the rain didn’t affect the sand track, which was officially rated as “good”.

The six races attracted good fields.

Nanango trainer Glenn Richardson just missed out in the prestigious Wondai Diggers Cup, bringing home the second and third placegetters. The cup was taken home by Toowoomba-trained Hard Stride, ridden by Paul Hamblin.

Elsewhere on the track, jockeys Todd Banks and Justin Stanley escaped serious injuries after falling from their mounts in Race 2.

Eddiegato, with Banks on board, shifted out abruptly at the 100m mark despite the best efforts of its jockey, colliding with Attackabeel.

Neither horse was hurt but Banks was excused from his rides for the rest of the meeting after injuring his hand.

[Photos by Kathy Duff]

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Race 1 – Murgon Bakery Ratings Band 0-60 Handicap (1100m)
1. Gossiaux (5) – Shannyn Stephan
2. Sonic Arrow (2) – Justin Stanley
3. True Tally (9) – Isabella Teh
Time: 1:05.85
Margins: Nose x neck

Race 2 – Gleich Contracting QTIS Class 1 Handicap (1000m)
1. Dawnstar (8) – Morgan Butler
2. La Belle La Belle (9) – Hannah Richardson
3. Igbo (1) – Gemnma Steele
Time: 1:01.58
Margins: 4 lengths x 1 3/4 lengths

Race 3 – Harley’s Heavy Diesel QTIS Cl;ass 1 Handicap (1000m)
1. Princess Marian (4) – Hannah Richardson
2. Holy Chariot (5) – Isabella Teh
3. Daulat Kiitibazeba (3) – Rebecca Wilson
Time: 0:59.48
Margins: 2 lengths x 5 1/4 lengths

Race 4 – Wondai Diggers Cup Open Plate (1000m)
1. Hard Stride (2) – Paul Hamblin
2. Sherwood Prince (7) – Hannah Richardson
3. Hard Landing (1) – Olivia Webb
Time: 0:59.18
Margins: Neck x 3 lengths

Race 5 – Peries IGA Wondai Maiden Plate (850m)
1. Vizone (3) – Gemma Steele
2. Finest Act (5) – Morgan Butler
3. He Did It (2) – Shannyn Stephan
Time: 0:51.39
Margins: Short neck x 3/4 length

Race 6 – Maurie Atkins Bobcat Hire Burnett To The Beach NenchMark 56 Handicap (1577m)
1. Foxy Rose (3) – Hannah Richardson
2. Consular (4) – Isabella Teh
3. Kingoftheharbour (2) – Gemma Steele
Time: 1:39.45
Margins: Short neck x 5 1/4 lengths

Frank English, Nanango, and Susan Kirk, Middlemount

Stephen Duff, Gympie, and Stella Miller, Murgon

Brett Kirk, Middlemount, and Barton Lindley, Gayndah

Best Dressed Couple were Sam Miller and Isabel Lindley

Anderssons Fruit Market for quality fruits and vegetables


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