Hannah English returns to the mounting yard aboard Chinchilla owned gelding Psycho Said So.
Hannah English returns to the mounting yard aboard Chinchilla owned gelding Psycho Said So. Alana Calvert

Racing in heat of the moment

THE mercury might have been pushing 42 degrees at the Miles Races on Saturday, but attendance numbers were proof that punters need more than that to be deterred from a day at the track.

The five-race program was brought forward and began shortly after gates opened on Saturday morning, a welcome misting system was installed throughout the undercover area and pig races were added to the entertainment bill at the last minute for the time period between the races and the Fashions on the Field.

Miles Race Club Committee secretary Rachel Kerwick applauded the hard work of the volunteers who made it all possible, as well as the trainers who made the trip out from across the wider Darling Downs region.

"All in all we still had a great crowd and everyone seemed to thoroughly enjoy themselves,” Mrs Kerwick said.

The day was also a chance for country racing's rapidly rising star, Dakota Graham to show her stuff on home turf.

Saturday saw Graham in her usual hardworking form, appearing in all five races on the day's program, and while the local jockey wasn't able to collect wins she placed second twice and third twice for Johnson.

But the jockey in the limelight on the day was Hannah English, who claimed three consecutive wins, including the feature race, the Murilla Cup, with Klammer for Nanango trainer, Glenn Richardson.


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