SPRING RAC­ING FEVER

Fore­cast couldn’t halt race day

Western Times - - FRONT PAGE -

HORSE RAC­ING: Mara­noa Dig­gers Race Club had much to cel­e­brate over the week­end.

More than just a suc­cess­ful race day, Satur­day also marked the of­fi­cial con­nec­tion of mains power to the Mitchell race­course, which un­til then had re­lied on gen­er­a­tors to run ev­ery event.

On the track, third-ranked coun­try ap­pren­tice Madeleine Wishart snatched the most wins over the five-race pro­gram, run­ning three wins and a sec­ond.

Rid­ing for train­ers Wayne Baker, Don­ald Baker and Craig Smith, Wishart recorded her best strike rate to date on the Mitchell track.

Her wins were book­ended by fel­low ap­pren­tice Zoe White, who took out race one on Jackie Cromp­ton’s Cham­pagne War­rior.

White also took out the ma­jor prize, the Booringa Cup, on Price­less de Hero, a six-year-old geld­ing trained by Pat Web­ster.

This win re­in­forced what pun­ters have ob­served all sea­son – that this young jockey is part of a dream team along­side Web­ster.

White also took places on two of Web­ster’s mares, Ayla’s An­gel and Lucky Dealen.

Track side, pun­ters were en­joy­ing the can­teen, bar and book­ies as usual.

PHO­TOS: JORJA MCDON­NELL

CUP WIN­NER: Zoe White on Price­less de Hero.

Alissa Turner and Kodi Lake.

John Bir­kett, Craig Cas­sell, Clay­ton An­der­son, Kent Blair, John Tate, Michael McKel­lar and Darby Hicks .

Kyan, Kylie, Talon, and Dar­ren Kay.

Jes­sica and Josh Maris with Ann Leahy.

Lovely vol­un­teers San­dra Hart­ley and Barb Caskey.

Mara­noa Dig­gers Race Club pres­i­dent Rowan Douglas, Ann Leahy and Club sec­re­tary Jan Cham­bers.

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