HORSE Rocky Nugget had more than luck on his side when he won the fourth event at Beaudesert Race Club’s winter Christmas in July meet.
The quick four-year-old scored his second win in ten starts since he began racing earlier this year.
Cheers of encouragement could be heard from hundreds of track-side spectators at the club on Saturday, July 29, as jockey Sheree Drake brought Rocky Nugget to a hurtling finish.
About $6500 was secured by the horse’s victory, in a win described as “easy” by owner and trainer Greg Cornish.
“He came from the tail of field and went right around the side of the other horses,” he said.
“I think I’d say it was an easy win.”
While Mr Cornish said his gelding was fairly new at racing, competitive blood ran through Rocky Nugget’s veins.
“His mother raced and won a stroke about seven years ago,” he said.
“It was fitting to see her son win on the same track, with the same jockey who rode her first win of three straight races.”
Up to $88,000 was given out on the day to winners in seven races, with bonus cash offered through the Queensland Thoroughbred Incentive Scheme.
Trainer Mark Palmer and jockey Ryan Plumb won the Barrier Reef Pools race thanks to horse Australian Pharoah’s performance.
Beaudesert Race Club general manager Lisa Hartney said the Chistmas in July event, attended by hundreds of race goers, had scored a fantastic turn-out.
“We don’t particularly get a lot of Saturday meets so we were excited to build this one up as our annual Christmas in July race meeting,” she said.
“This was really good for us and for people to come and enjoy their weekend here – we even have a hens party celebrating at the club.”
While adults enjoyed all the racing action from vantage points, which included private marquees, children did not miss out.
Face painting was offered as part of the Christmas in July festivities. An after party at the Logan and Albert Hotel also meant celebrations were continued.
Ms Hartney said guests’ attendance supported Beaudesert’s thoroughbred sector, which was hit hard by floods in March.
The club was left with a $1.2 million damage bill following ex-tropical Cyclone Debbie.