The Women’s Fashion of the Field competition was a tie … Lavina Turner, from Nanango, and Tash McMaster, Pelican Waters

April 3, 2024

Good crowds turned out at Lee Park on Saturday for Nanango Race Club’s traditional Easter Saturday meeting.

The autumn weather was surprisingly warm although the track was officially rated as “soft” after heavy rain earlier in the week.

There was a good crowd in the stands, and the betting ring was busy.

Finishes were close in most races, with punters having some success on the favourites.

Even more hotly contested were the Fashions of the Field competitions, with a surfeit of entrants in each category (see below).

The competition was compered by recently elected South Burnett Mayor Kathy Duff who while on top in the mayoral race was less successful on the track.

Mayor Duff is joint owner of Hard Landing which came in second in Race 2 (all race results, below).

Tiannah Weller, from Bundaberg, and Patrick Frohloff, from Kingaroy
Natacha and Rodney Morris, from Kingsthorpe, with Cheryl Marriott, Yarraman; and Sharron Wilcock, Toowoomba
Race 1 sponsor ‘Dozer’ Bechly, right, with Sharon Devine, both from Kilcoy
Elwyn and Rosemary Brown, also from Kilcoy, were enjoying the races
Kirrily Rolley, from Nanango, with Nanango Race Club secretary Leisa Green
Andrew Kouvaras, Craig Bickerton and Brock Lesnor, all from Nanango
Former South Burnett and Nanango councillor Barry Green with Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington

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Other Fashions Of The Field

The Fashions of the Field competitions, compered by South Burnett Mayor Kathy Duff, were judged by recently elected Cr Linda Little and Rod and Jenny Morgan.

Member for Nanango Deb Frecklington distributed the prizes.

Deb Frecklington with Girls Fashion winner Pippa Campbell, 3, from Brisbane
Pippa’s brother Patrick Campbell, 6, won the Boys competition
Jane and John Walduck, from Kingaroy, took out the Couples prize
The Men’s Fashion competition was a tie … Federico Bellini, from Argentina, and Simon Kirkness, from Brisbane, with compere Mayor Kathy Duff

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On The Track

Chloe Lowe thanks Office Jim for his performance in Race 2 … The Beaudesert jockey’s first race start was at Roma on March 23, just a week later she brought home her first race win at Nanango aboard the favourite

It was a big day for apprentice jockey Chloe Lowe.

In only her second race start, Lowe scored an easy win in Race 2.

Lowe was a late appointment on Office Jim but brought the seven-year-old gelding home for an easy win, disappointing the connections of second-placed Hard Landing, owned by members of the Otto and Duff families.

The former and new South Burnett mayors, Brett Otto and Kathy Duff, were at Lee Park to watch the race.

An incident in the last race marred an otherwise smooth day on track.

Apprentice jockey Johanna McGrath, riding favourite Jakkalberry Finn, became unbalanced as she approached the winning post.

McGrath fell from her mount about 100m after the post.

She was treated on course by QAS paramedics and transported to Kingaroy Hospital for further treatment.

Jakkalberry Finn finished in fourth spot.

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Chloe Lowe brings Office Jim to the line to take out Race 2 by three lengths

Race 1 – Bechlys Transport Benchmark 45 Handicap (1000m)
1. Last Laugh (11) – Chris Meehan
2. Beatlemania (6) – Paul Hamblin
3. Craiglea Laki (7)  – Landan Sykes
Time: 0:58.46
Margins: Short head x long head

Race 2 – Heritage Bank Nanango Open (1000m)
1. Office Jim (3) – Chloe Lowe
2. Hard Landing (2) – Corey Sutherland
3. Iced (4) – Cecily Eaton
Time: 0:57.38
Margins: 3 lengths x 1/2 length

Race 3 – Pursers Buses QTIS Maiden Plate  (1200m)
1. Super Rupert (4) – Landan Sykes
2. Icey (7) – Cecily Eaton
3. More Than Xtra (2) – Chris Meehan
Time: 1:12.27
Margins: Long neck x 2 1/2 lengths

Race 4 – Nanango Country Veterinary Service Burnett To The Beach Series – Heat – Benchmark 55 Handicap (1200m)
1. Kirella Shores (8) – Damien Boutet
2. Frosty Bear (2) – Landan Sykes
3. Richunclemoneybags (7) – Corey Sutherland
Time: 1:10.53
Margins: 1 3/4 lengths x 1/2 neck

Race 5 –  Congratulations New SBRC Mayor And Councillors Benchmark 60 Handicap (1600m)
1. Clearly George (4) – Landan Sykes
2. Deshorente (6) – Kelly Gates
3. Master Drummer (9) – Chris Taylor
Time: 1:35.45
Margins: 2 lengths x length

Just four horses greeted the judge in the Race 3 maiden after five potential starters were scratched


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