LADIES DAY: Nikiha Davies, Kylie Birch, Lindy Clarke, Karen Dolbel, Jennay Obst and Tayla Atkin from Chinchilla Dental Practice at the Landmark Ladies race day 2019.
LADIES DAY: Nikiha Davies, Kylie Birch, Lindy Clarke, Karen Dolbel, Jennay Obst and Tayla Atkin from Chinchilla Dental Practice at the Landmark Ladies race day 2019. Kate McCormack

Girls to the front at Landmark Ladies day

IF THIS weekend was anything to go by, Tessa Townsend's racing career is off to a golden start.

Finishing first in not one, but three races at Saturday's Landmark Ladies Day races in Chinchilla, the young jockey proved to be tough to beat, despite her inexperience.

The 26-year-old from Cunnamulla only started racing in January at the Thangool meet but said it has always been something she aspired to do.

"My dad is a trainer so I have been around it (racing) my whole life,” Townsend said.

"I have been very passionate about becoming a jockey so to ride a treble and out riding my 4 kilogram claim it was pretty big,” she said.

Winner of the Landmark Chinchilla Plate, Silent Flyer, trained by local lady Norma King (third from left) and ridden by Tessa Townsend (centre).
Winner of the Landmark Chinchilla Plate, Silent Flyer, trained by local lady Norma King (third from left) and ridden by Tessa Townsend (centre). Kate McCormack

"(Racing is) just something that I have always been passionate about from riding ponies as a kid, then doing track work when I was old enough and it all went from there.”

Townsend will take to the track again this Saturday at the Roma Easter Races.

The Landmark Ladies day proved a hit with men and women from right around the region, with numbers doubling last year's turn out.

Of course the day was made especially memorable with Winx, arguably Australia's most successful race horses finishing her career at Randwick racecourse by winning her final race by 1.5 lengths over Kluger in the Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

For all the race day fashion, thrills and socials check out our photo gallery bellow: