Mansfield Races a winner
LAST week the crowds came in their droves to the Catanach Plate Melbourne Cup Day Picnic Race meeting, held at the Mansfield Racecourse.
The clear blue skies and crisp spring weather on the day were reflected in the fantastic turnout across the track.
The end result was a testament to the work of the Mansfield District Race Club (MDRC), who ought to be congratulated for staging such a successful event.
Well done to all who participated on the day and the MDRC committee of president Nigel Fish, vice president Sue Crow, secretary Susan Kinloch, treasurer Barrie Scott, membership Gaye Coles, marquee packages Kim Petersen and general committee Joan Ironmonger, Dion Theodossi and Noel Willaton.
The next MDRC race meet at the Mansfield Racecourse will be the Hygain Mansfield Cup, on April 2, 2018. Race results: Race 1 The first race of the day was won by Pointing trained by Gerald Egan and ridden by Ray Douglas.
Two Egan horses battled to the line with the top weight Pointing defeating stablemate and favourite In Fright by just 0.1 of a length. Race 2 Race 2 was won by Yokohama trained by Barry Goodwin and ridden by Reece Goodwin.
The four-year-old gelding won the three horse race by three quarters of a length. Race 3 Race 3 was won by Dad ‘N’ Bri’s Shed trained by Brenda Bamford and ridden by Anita Bell.
It’s two wins from two starts this season for the five-year-old gelding winning in easy style by four lengths. Race 4 Race 4 was won by The Flying Sun trained by Aileen Vanderfeen and ridden by Craig Kirkpatrick.
The odds-on favourite defeated Ragtime by three and three quarter lengths. Race 5 Race 5 was won by Derek the Viking trained by Christine Boyd and ridden by Ray Douglas.
The odds-on favourite flew home to win by three quarters of a length.
The win gave jockey Ray Douglas a double for the day. Race 6 Race 6 was won by the Gerald Egan trained Bowie Rocks ridden by Reece Goodwin, running true to form winning by two and a half lengths.
The win gave Gerald Eagan a training double and jockey Reece Goodwin a riding double for the day.
AT THE LINE: Yokohama strides to the line to win the Mansfield Courier Maiden Plate giving jockey Reece Goodwin the first of two wins.
AND THEY’RE OFF: Race 5 kicks off as eventual winner Derek the Viking (white cap) rounds the outside.
HEADING FOR HOME: Derek the Viking brings Race 5 home.
HOME TURN: Anita Bell on Dad ‘N’ Bri’s Shed in Race 3 heads the pack as they race for the line.
RETURNING TO SMILE: It was hard to wipe the smile off Race 1’s winning jockey Raymond Douglas on returning to scale.
DIFFERENT VIEW: The Race 3 finish.
VIKING CONQUERS: Derek the Viking wins Race 5.
THEN THERE WERE TWO: The Flying Sun eclipses Ragtime.
UNDER THE RAILS: The Flying Sun on his way to the Race 4 win.
UP CLOSE: Jockey Craig Kirkpatrick and a panoramic view of the track in reflection.