Races and rugby union unite
Sport of kings and game played in heaven
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.
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.