Blue Jest nabs the gold Cup

Race day take two a suc­cess

Chinchilla News - - SPORT - Brooke Dun­can Brooke.Dun­[email protected]­chilla news.com.au

RAC­ING: Chin­chilla Race Club has ended the year in high spir­its af­ter a fab­u­lous Fam­ily Race Day.

It was take two of the event, af­ter De­cem­ber 15’s races were washed out, be­com­ing in­stead a well-sup­ported phan­tom meet.

And de­spite the big event just the week­end be­fore, there was still plenty of fuel left in the tank on Satur­day as race-go­ers and party-lovers con­verged on the track once again.

At­tendee Lisa Walsh said it was great to come for the sec­ond time in two weeks and praised the club for or­gan­is­ing the events.

“They’ve done well,” she said.

The day cer­tainly skewed more to­wards se­ri­ous race-go­ers with two at­ten­dees, Ken and He­len Turner, jok­ing they hadn’t gone to the prior event be­cause they “come for rac­ing, not for par­ties”.

With a slightly smaller crowd, the at­mos­phere cer­tainly was more re­laxed, though the ex­cite­ment was tan­gi­ble each time the gates opened and hooves thun­dered down the green.

Chin­chilla Race Club pres­i­dent Don Critch said it was a good day with a strong crowd and “first class” rac­ing.

“We were very lucky that we were able to get a race meet to cover the washed out meet­ing, which is quite rare,” Critch said.

“We had a very good phan­tom meet­ing last week and then to­day is just a bonus be­ing able to run our six-race pro­gram.

“Rac­ing side of things was first class, we had great sup­port from train­ers ev­ery­where. One of the train­ers came all the way from Texas and won a race, so they come from far and wide.

“Weather was per­fect, track was per­fect, it was just a great day.”

Race one was won by Paul Ham­blin on New Al­liance, while Brooke Mackie on Well Sighted nabbed race two. So­phie Wil­cock on Pick of the Pubs took out race three, while Han­nah English on Black Envy won race four. Race five was taken out by Joshua King on I’m No Ruby. The last race of the day, the Pro­crew Chin­chilla Cup Open Hand­i­cap 1400m, was won by Alisha Ross on Blue Jest.

Critch thanked the club’s spon­sors and new com­mit­tee for their ef­forts this year.

PHO­TOS: BROOKE DUN­CAN

CUP WIN­NER: Alisha Ross on Blue Jest wins the Pro­crew Chin­chilla Cup Open Hand­i­cap 1400m on Satur­day.

Horses warm up for the Chin­chilla Cup.

WDC QTIS Maiden Plate 1400m at the Chin­chilla Fam­ily Race Day.

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