Jockeys gallop to glory in ANZAC Day races

The first race of the day was off to an explosive start. Pictures: Julian Lehnert 278399_01

by Julian Lehnert

Wondai horse-racing fans gathered at the town’s racecourse this week for the biggest local event of the year – the annual ANZAC Day races.

Attracted by a combined prize pool of $52,000 across six races, jockeys, trainers and horses from all over Queensland congregated in Wondai to pursue the ultimate glory.

Nanango jockey Hannah Richardson emerged as the top-performing jockey at Wondai, winning both race 3 and the Burnett to the Beach benchmark race while also placing second in races 2 and 4.

Gemma Steele atop Wondai gelding Vizione took home the event’s Maiden Plate in race 5, while Hard Landing, a gelding co-owned by South Burnett councillor Kathy Duff, placed third in race 4.

Race 1:

First: Gossiaux, jockey Shannyn Stephan

Second: Sonic Arrow, jockey Justin Stanley

Third: True Tally, jockey Isabella Teh

Race 2:

First: Dawnstar, jockey Morgan Butler

Second: La Belle La Belle, jockey Hannah Richardson

Third: Igbo, jockey Gemma Steele

Race 3:

First: Princess Marian, jockey Hannah Richardson

Second: Holy Chariot, jockey Isabella Teh

Third: Daulat Kiitibazeba, jockey Rebecca Wilson

Race 4:

First: Hard Stride, jockey Paul Hamblin

Second: Sherwood Prince, jockey Hannah Richardson

Third: Hard Landing, jockey Olivia Webb

Race 5:

First: Vizone, jockey Gemma Steele

Second: Finest Act, jockey Morgan Butler

Third: He Did It, jockey Shannyn Stephan

Race 6:

First: Foxy Rose, jockey Hannah Richardson

Second: Consular, jockey Isabella Teh

Third: Kingoftheharbour, jockey Gemma Steele