by Jessica McGrath
Some may have gotten up at the crack of dawn for Anzac Day, while others opted to recognise the day trackside at the Wondai Races.
The South Burnett Race Club hosted a six-race meeting for their Anzac Day races on Sunday, 25 April as punters dressed up to the fashions on the field theme ‘shades of Autumn’.
The first race on the track was the Wondai IGA and Harleys Heavy Diesel Benchmark-60 Handicap ran over 1100-metres. Turbo Teddy had the honour of greeting the judge first, with Sweet Venom finishing in second place followed by Serriano.
Haramain proved disappointing and finished at the rear of the field.
Jockey Kenji Yoshida told stewards that the gelding, which was racing up a class, had failed to muster speed in the early stages and in his opinion resented the sand kickback from the other horses.
The start of the race was delayed as Crisscross was fractious in the barriers, reared and got both forelegs over the front of the gates. The four-year-old gelding was subsequently removed from the barriers and underwent a veterinary examination and was declared a late scratching by order of the stewards based on the veterinary advice.
Trainer D Gardner was advised Crisscross would be required to obtain a further barrier certificate prior to being permitted to start again.
Oakfield Comanche, led by jockey Hannah Phillips and trainer Janene Armstrong, raced three wide without cover throughout the race but still secured race two on the card -the ‘Original Hair by Gina QTIS Benchmark-50 Handicap (1000m).
Duready was slow to begin, but followed behind in second place and Mossmaid, who raced three without cover throughout, came in third.
The official results for the third race were delayed as the correct weight checks were delayed by the Chief Steward after a judging official suffered a medical episode during the running of the race. As the Queensland Ambulance Service paramedics attended to this official, the start time for the fourth Anzac Day race was delayed by 30 minutes to allow a replacement ambulance to arrive.
Kentford raced three wide without cover in the early stages before pressing forward to obtain the position outside the leader near the 500-metre mark. His trainer Lindsay Anderson and jockey Paul Hamblin were pleased he kept the lead and secured first place in a time of 59.83.
Boom Chugga Lugga was the runner-up with Stellar Way managing third place after racing three wide throughout.
The fourth Anzac Day race – The Wondai Digger Club Cup Open Handicap (1000m) – saw Absolute Bonza secure the winner’s purse, followed by Mountain Courage and Eight Over.
The Hivesville Hotel Maiden Plate (850m) race was a lucky one for jockey Leeanne McCoy and trainer Neville O’Toole with A Good Chance hitting the line first. Sine Curve and Informer filled the second and third placings respectively.
Sine Curve’s jockey Angela Jones was reminded of her obligations to ride her mounts out to the finish line and Montana Philpot, aboard Stormzone, was reminded about her whip use prior to the 100-metre mark.
The final race of the day was the Murgon Outdoor Equipment and Amcal Pharmacy Benchmark-55 Handicap (1575m).
Jockey Isabella Teh raced wide rounding the first turn on Daunting Warrior but they couldn’t be denied first place. Fend Off (NZ) finished second and Elusive Element came in third place.
The next race at the South Burnett Race Club will be Saturday, 3 July 2021.