Ex­cit­ing races in Eidsvold

Triples for trainer and jockey on 129th race

Central and North Burnett Times - - SPORT - Jack Lawrie jack.lawrie@cnbtimes.com.au

HORSE RAC­ING: With 129 years of pedi­gree to live up to, the Eidsvold Race Club de­liv­ered on it’s rep­u­ta­tion this year.

Hun­dreds braved the blaz­ing sun down at the Eidsvold race track to en­joy the sport, and were re­warded with some im­pres­sive wins and tight com­pe­ti­tions.

The fi­nal race ended on a hair­pin be­tween Win­ner Win­ner, rid­den by jockey Han­nah English, and Al’s Briefs, rid­den by Chelsea Jo­kic.

The horses were neck and neck for most of the race, con­stantly gain­ing and los­ing ground on one an­other along the 1350 me­tre track be­fore Al’s Brief’s fi­nally slipped ahead as they crossed the fin­ish line.

Ms Jo­kic, who also rode the win­ning horses in race one and two, said it was al­ways go­ing to come down to those two horses.

“I re­ally thought my horse had the race won at the turn, but Han­nah’s horse kicked back pretty strongly and I only just man­aged to hang on,” she said.

“If any­thing, mine was a lit­tle bit in front but hers came back right on the line so it was very close; Han­nah wanted to have a look at the photo to see if there was a mar­gin.”

Ms Jo­kic has been rac­ing five years, and ran a triple and a dou­ble on her last two trips to Eidsvold Races.

The very next day, she went off to com­pete at the Sun­shine Coast. Horse trainer Dar­ryl Gar­dener was tipped to be a favourite early on, and ended up de­liv­er­ing with an im­pres­sive triple, tak­ing race five with Al’s Briefs, and also races two and three.

Mr Gar­diner lives in Bund­aberg, but was orig­i­nally from Eidsvold, mak­ing the vic­tory ex­tra sig­nif­i­cant.

“It was great to come back and win three, but they were three good chances,” Mr Gar­diner said.

“I only race in these places once a year un­for­tu­nately, but it’s great to be back home again.”

Mr Gar­diner won with Craiglea Ba­rina, also rid­den by Ms Jo­kic and Minto’s Lass, rid­den by lo­cal rider Lyall Appo.

Craiglea Ba­rina was given to Dar­ryl by Craiglea Stud along with an­other horse when they were try­ing to get rid of some ex­cess stock.

The win in race 2 was her sec­ond race over­all and first win, mak­ing it a promis­ing start to a fu­ture ca­reer for the young horse.

“They lived up to their form, well rid­den by their jock­eys and they got their money.”

Mr Gar­diner will be run­ning horses in Gympie two weeks from now. The open­ing cer­e­mony of the races be­gan with a mo­ment of si­lence in mem­ory of long time race spon­sor Shel­ley Darcy, and the jock­eys wore black arm­bands for the first race as a mark of re­spect.

Race spon­sor Karen Slater knew Shel­ley as a child, and both of them fol­lowed on from their par­ents in sup­port­ing the races.

“I’m sure Shel­ley would be look­ing down from up there say­ing ‘good job boys, you’ve done good so far’,” Mrs Slater said.

The first race was won by Dream of Choice, trained by Glenn Richard­son, only her third race back from tak­ing a spell.

Part-owner Ben Kruger had never owned a horse share be­fore and was de­lighted that his first time would be a win­ner.

“That’s her ninth race, so she had to win even­tu­ally,” Mr Kruger said.

“She’s been rac­ing for 12 months, she came fourth last Satur­day in Miles, near Chin­chilla.”

The third win­ner, Minto’s Lass was part of a legacy of horses, be­gin­ning with the great-grand­mother Lady Minto, then Lady Sparrow, Lady Mun­dub­bera and fi­nally Minto’s Lass.

Garry Palmer, part owner of the Minto line said she’s been a handy horse.

“She started rac­ing as a three year old, that was the 21st start, I think she’s only been out­paced around four times,” Mr Palmer said.

Eidsvold jockey Lyall Abbo ran Minto’s Lass, though Mr Palmer said it was orig­i­nally sup­posed to be Han­nah English from Nanago.

Due to a sched­ul­ing is­sue, she was un­able to do it, so Lyall ran the horse in­stead in­stead.

Though she missed out on rid­ing the win­ner for race three, Ms English would go onto win race four on Ibe­lieve­ican­fly, and take Win­ner Win­ner to an ex­tremely close sec­ond in the fith.

Ac­cord­ing to Ms English, the dry weather and hard track pre­sented a chal­lenge to the riders.

“The track is very firm to­day and quite dusty, they haven’t had a lot of rain,” she said.

“There’s lots of dif­fer­ent things to pay at­ten­tion to, you’ve got to work out how your horses are trav­el­ling in a race and han­dling track con­di­tions.”

“You’ve also got the dust to deal with as well and a lot of times when you have the dust go­ing in your face it’s quite painful, it re­ally stings your face, and that’s the same for the horses.”

Han­nah said some horses take to the firmer track bet­ter than oth­ers.

“When they don’t like it they of­ten won’t try,” she said.

Han­nah pre­vi­ously won with Ibe­lieve­ican­fly at Miles last week.

It was a dif­fer­ent track, a sand track, which might ex­plain the horse was able to tackle the rel­a­tively milder Eidsvold track.

“Some­times it’s a bit of a risk when they work so hard in the heat,” Ms English said.

“She car­ried a lot more weight to­day, 62 ki­los which is a fair weight for a race horse, but she hit the line well.”

De­spite the dif­fi­culty, Han­nah said she en­joyed get­ting to race on the Eidsvold track.

“We race around these tracks quite of­ten, Gan­dah, Eidsvold, Mt Perry, they’re sim­i­lar tracks so you get used to it,” she said.

Chelsea Jo­kic agreed that there was an en­joy­ment to be had in run­ning re­gional tracks.

“City tracks are ob­vi­ously a lot big­ger, but I think it’s bet­ter rac­ing out here, I like

to come out to the bush meet­ings,” she said.

Wrap of the races

Af­ter the ex­cite­ment of the fi­nal re­sult ended (and those who bet on Win­ner Win­ner had fin­ished tear­ing up their slips), most of the crowd who didn’t have to take the bus back to Eidsvold or Mun­dub­bera opted to hang around the bar.

Ear­lier, the Fash­ion of the Field was an­nounced, giv­ing ladies the op­por­tu­nity to show off their best dresses to a crowd of ex­cited on­look­ers.

Glam­ourous Girl prize went to Trudy Wain­wright.

Eidsvold Race Club Pres­i­dent Lyle Mur­ray thanked the crowd for their con­tin­ued pa­tron­age of the an­nual races.

Mr Mur­ray said the fi­nal race’s tight fin­ished show­cased some ex­cel­lent horse­man­ship.

“It was a great race that last race, two re­ally good horses do­ing bat­tle for the fi­nal 1350 me­tres and came down to a head at the fin­ish,” Mr Mur­ray said.

“It was very good train­ing ef­fort from Dar­ryl and good rac­ing all around.”

“It was a great crowd, tremen­dous day of rac­ing and it’s go­ing to be big­ger and bet­ter for the 130th.”

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