The first of seven races at the Bunya race course on Friday.
The first of seven races at the Bunya race course on Friday. Ebony Graveur

Race meet brings in new year

AFTER a sleepy Christmas break, the Bunya race track was brought to life on Friday with the first Bunya Park Race Meet for 2019.

With seven races from 1.37pm, the race track attracted a small crowd of enthusiasts.

Vice President of the club, Kerry Jiggens, said it was a good day of racing with a great crowd of patrons and lots of new faces.

"We were fortunate enough to see lots of owners attend the day, who travelled to see their horses run at Bunya Park Race Course,” she said.

"We saw a great day of racing with some favourites getting up and winning, such as Spirit's Choice, trained by Matt Kropp Racing Team and ridden by Hannah Phillips.”

Spirit's Choice's win in the second race was Kropp's 100th winner and Phillips, who rode a double for the day, also made her 100th win during the race meet.

In the first race, Val's Ice Cream Van Class 4 Plate, a six-year old gelding called Eschiele took first place out of four racers, completing the 1788m track in 1-49.97.

The second race, Knox Veterinary QTIS, drew six competitors, resulting in a win by three-year-old filly, Spirit's Choice who completed the 1200m track in 1-07.88.

Jack of Spades, a five-year-old Gelding took first place in the third race, Fast Grass Maiden Handicap, completing the 800m track in 0-45.82.

The fourth race, Kelly/Henry Lookout DFRK Benchmark saw a win from five-year-old mare Text Book, who completed the 1000m track in 0-56.82.

In the 1400m course, Plough Inn Cup Beer Garden Maiden Plate, Fast Max, a three-year-old Gelding took the win in just 1-22.89.

Six-year-old Gelding Schindler came first in the sixth race, Race Club Life Members Ratings Band 0 - 55 Handicap, completing the 1400m track in 1-22.54.

In the seventh race, Race Club Committee Class 2 Plate, first place was taken by five-year-old Gelding, Marrock, who completed the 1200m track in 1-09.59.

The next Bunya Park Race Meet is on February 2 for the Dalby Leagues Club race day, followed by the Newmarket on Saturday, March 9.

Some social snaps from the day:


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