by Madison Watt
RACEGOERS were welcomed with sunshine last Saturday at the Chinchilla Racecourse, after fears the recent rains would cancel the event.
Chinchilla Race Club president Terry Stewart said he was a little doubtful the races would go ahead but was pleasantly surprised with the outcome.
"We were lucky to race because of the weather,” he said.
"I emptied 150ml of rain from the gauge last Tuesday and the track was very, very wet.”
The track was upgraded from a soft 7 rating to soft 6 after the first race on the day, resulting in great conditions.
"We were complemented by Racing QLD and everybody else for getting the track into shape,” he said.
Stand out of the day was jockey Leanne McCoy, who won three races on the day.
"She rode three winners in the second for the day which was a big effort,” said Mr Stewart.
"No one rides the Chinchilla tracks better than Leanne, she's so good at it.”
Ms McCoy placed in every race of the day, a testament to her racing talent.
Another highlight of the day, according to Mr Stewart, was the presence of Chinchilla racing legend, former trainer Tommy Reid who came to see his horse Hizou, trained by Patrick Sexton.
"It was really good to have Tommy there,” he said.
"Unique character as country racing is concerned.”
The winner of the first race was Spectacular Rock, followed by Crafty Aquila who came first in the second race. The third race winner was Murranji, winner of the fourth race was Eldarion and the first place holder for the final race was Pick of the Pubs.
Next up will be the Landmark Ladies Day event, which will be held on Saturday, April 21 at the Chinchilla Racecourse.