SPRING RACING FEVER
Forecast couldn’t halt race day
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.
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.