Fashions From Afar winner Sue McLeod, from Brisbane; and runner-up Nicole Carlile, from Toowoomba

May 24, 2023

Everything was big at Nanango’s Autumn race meeting on Saturday … a good crowd, a huge seven-race card and large cash prizes in the fashion competition.

The meeting was a TAB event, which added to the betting excitement on the day.

Racing Queensland sponsored the “Fashions From Afar” competition which was hotly contested as it offered $500 cash prizes (see below).

Many of the entrants travelled to Nanango especially to take part in the event.

Out on the track, there were several late jockey changes, a late scratching and some major excitement just before the last race.

Apprentice jockey Sophie Blunt lost control of her mount during the warm-up.

The four-year-old gelding, Craiglea Bandit, bolted and completed three laps of the course before he could be brought under control.

Craiglea Bandit was declared a late scratching on veterinary advice.

The exhausted jockey was examined by QAS paramedics but was not injured during the incident.

Enjoying the day were racing identities Ron Halvorsen and Barry Goodwill, from Nanango; and Allan Jeymes, Caboolture … Allan recalled an incident at the Nanango track before it was fenced when a kangaroo jumped in front of his horse; a photo of the incident, taken by local photographer Denise Keelan, went around the world
Darhnell Barbeler and Robyn Welsh. both from Ellesmere
Karen Shephard and Karen Hughes, from Nanango
Jan Stevens and Lucy Harris, from Nanango … Jan was kept busy selling race books
Cr Jane Erkens and Cr Kathy Duff were enjoying watching the Fashions From Afar competition

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Fashions From Afar

The Fashions competition returned to Nanango with a blast as “Fashions From Afar”, sponsored by Racing Queensland.

This is the third year that Racing Queensland has run a fashion competition for country racegoers in conjunction with the Battle of the Bush qualifying races around Queensland.

The Men’s and Women’s winners at Nanango both received a $500 cash prize and flowers, while the runners-up were sashed.

The winners were also offered the opportunity to compete in the competition final in Brisbane on Tattersall’s Tiara Day on June 24 for a $2500 grand prize (and $1000 runner-up prize).

The Nanango winners were: 

  • Women – Sue McLeod, Brisbane; runner-up Nicole Carlile, Toowoomba
  • Men – Richard Pressland, Petrie; runner-up Daniel McCullum, Gold Coast
Competition compere Barry Green interviews Fashions From Afar women’s winner Sue McLeod

Men’s runner-up … Daniel McCullum

Men’s winner … Richard Pressland

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Race Results

Penny Stocks, with Chris Taylor aboard, just edges out Lively Lass (Lilli Barr) next to the rails in the Race 4 sprint

Race 1 – Leisa’s Fitness BenchMark 45 Handicap (1200m)
1. True Tally (7) – Nicole Vuille
2. Kabalega (3) – Alisha Donald
3. Craiglea Karly (9) – Chris Taylor
Time: 1:11.74
Margins: Neck x 1.5 lengths

Race 2 – The Nanango 175th Year Anniversary BenchMark 45 Handicap (1200m)
1. Beeokay (1) – Corey Sutherland
2. Dawn Colours (8) – Cecily Eaton
3. Kohiko (6) – Alisha Donald
Time: 1:10.50
Margins: 1 3/4 lengths x 2 lengths

Race 3 – Happy 70th Peter Crowley Maiden Plate (1200m)
1. Flamin’ Ready (9) – Matthew Powell
2. Bailey Boo (1) – Hammah Richardson
3. Victory Lights (7) – Chris Taylor
Time: 1:10.64
Margins: 1 1/4 lengths x 2 lengths

Race 4 – Nanango RSL/Margaret & Garry Banks Memorial BenchMark 55 Handicap (800m)
1. Penny Stocks (11) – Chris Taylor
2. Lively Lass (18e) – Lilli Barr
3. Albion Square (1) – Corey Sutherland
Time: 0:45.61
Margins: Neck x 1/2 length

Race 5 – Bechley’s Transport QTIS Class 3 Plate (1000m)
1. Mahbaby (9) – Shannon Apthorpe
2. Barbary Royale (6) – Matthew Powell
3. Mishani Conman (2) – Lilli Barr
Time: 0:57.54
Margins: Neck x 1 1/2 lenghts

Race 6 – Heritage Bank 2023 Battle Of The Bush Nanango Qualifier Open Handicap (1200m)
1. Rollinwiththeflow (4) – Matthew Powell
2. Coat Of Arms (1) – Kenji Yoshida
3. Voulait (9) – Nathan Thomas
Time: 1:09.06
Margins: 2 lengths x 2 lengths

Race 7 – Nanango Caravan Service & Repairs BenchMark 60 Handicap (1600m)
1. Bring The Stars (10) – Nathan Thomas
2. Royal Performance (1) – Paul Hamblin
3. It Must Be Love (9) – Hannah Richardson
Time: 1:34.78
Margins: 1 1/4 lengths x 3 lengths

Noel Fisher, from the Nanango RSL Sub-Branch, and Banks family members Tracey Jackson, Tony and Dean Banks, presented the trophy after Race 4, the Nanango RSL/Margaret & Garry Banks Memorial BenchMark 55 Handicap, to strapper Jamaica Atkinson … this is the 13th year the race has been run in memory of popular local residents Margaret and Garry who lost their lives in a head-on crash


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