Races and rugby union unite

Sport of kings and game played in heaven

Western Times - - SPORT - Mar­guerite Cud­dihy Mar­guerite.Cud­dihy@west­ern­starnews.com

HORSE RAC­ING: The Roma Turf Club teamed up with the Echid­nas for an ex­hil­a­rat­ing sport­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of races and rugby at the week­end.

Rugby roy­alty was in at­ten­dance at the Bris­bane Boys Col­lege lunch with the Queens­land Reds be­fore the five-race pro­gram kicked off.

Natalie Mor­ton took home the Roma Vet Clinic Maiden Plate on Queen Carley, trained by Craig Smith.

Jes­sikah-Lee Brand fol­lowed by three lengths on Wayne Baker’s It­st­ings.

Mor­ton also rode to vic­tory in the Queens­land Reds We Still Love You Open Hand­i­cap, this time on Smith’s Hamilton. Nathan Evans placed sec­ond on Patrick Web­ster’s Torero.

The $12,000 Rugby Slip­per race was won by Nathan Evans on Jemimah Forde’s Fab­u­lous Red and sec­ond went to Barry Fitzger­ald’s Jabbs, rid­den by John Rudd.

Evans won the San­tos Class 3 Plate on Web­ster’s Mr Box­vale, fol­lowed closely by Christo­pher Bryen on Scott Rodgers’ Ere­bor.

The fi­nal race of the day, the aptly named Sport of Kings and Game Played in Heaven Bench­mark 60 Hand­i­cap, went to Egan on Smith’s Barcelona Bound, fol­lowed by Bryen on Ben­jamin Wal­dron’s Aus­tralian Ven­ture and Mor­ton on Smith’s Dawn Fighter.

The five-race pro­gram was in­ter­spersed with a dis­play of women’s rugby sevens and was fol­lowed by a clash be­tween two gi­ants of south-west rugby, Echid­nas v Con­damine Cods.

The Cun­na­mulla Din­goes match-up against the Con­damine Cods and Echid­nas re­serves was can­celled due to lack of num­bers.

PHOTO: MAR­GUERITE CUD­DIHY

HOT HOOVES: Jes­sikah-Lee Brand on Brook­lyn Boy (fifth place), Christo­pher Bryen on Ere­bor (sec­ond place), Natalie Mor­ton on Won­der­ful Wally (third place) and Nathan Evans comes up on the out­side on Mr Box­vale (first place) in the San­tos Class 3 Plate.

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