Chinchilla race meet attracts hundreds on Saturday
CHINCHILLA's race meet on Saturday set the tone for the upcoming Chinchilla Cup, as hundreds of locals and internationals turned up trackside for a day under the pavilion.
There was a strong representation of horses from Toowoomba and Oakey, local trainers missing out under pressure from the competition.
Chinchilla's Chittenden family were glad they put money both ways on the Pentacon Plate; it was the closest they were going to get to an out and out win on the day.
"The point is, we won money, let's not go into places or anything," Rob Chittenden said.
Rachael Ferguson, visiting from Beaudesert, said she was "pleasantly surprised" by the glamour on display.
"It's very welcoming. I will be back," she said.
Dalby trainer Max Smith took first in the second race, Le Max making the 1400m dash and leaving Chinchilla trainer Mark Goodwin's Not Without Sin in third place on the home track.
The third race belonged to the visitors, Beaudesert trainer Greg Cornish taking the win with Rip Rip Woodchip, trailed by Toowoomba, Nanango and Ipswich horses.
Cementing his reputation as a formidable racer, Seq the General posted a win for Toowoomba trainer Peter Overell, Wondai trainer Norma King just missing out on a place with Willywynya.
It was Come On Lulu, ridden by Gary Gearon, who won the Pentacon plate, holding steady on the outside before making her move in the final 300m after 59.28 seconds of tense action.
Roma trainer Craig Smith was hopeful as the mob rounded the turn, but Spirit Beat was left fighting for third place behind Toowoomba horse Captain Spur as the jockeys crossed the line for their share of the $11,600 prize money.
Gary Gearon said four-year-old Come On Lulu performed strongly following her long spell with a knocked tendon.
"She's always shown ability," Gearon said.The day ended with a performance from Tuffy. .