Sport

Johnny Aucash wins last race for 2012

Heading home at race one at Nanango.
Heading home at race one at Nanango. Clive Lowe

SANTA Claus made a surprise appearance at the final Nanango race meet of the year at the weekend.

More than 700 party-goers flocked through the gates on Saturday for the five-race event.

Nanango Races secretary Rosemary Sen said it was a fantastic day with loads of entertainment.

Ms Sen said the 2012 Nanango race calendar was a great success with possibly the best racing fields in south-east Queensland.

"Nanango has better fields than Townsville," she said. "It's a family orientated race track and with top prize money. Why wouldn't people want to come?"

She said the likes of actor Martin Sacks helped draw in the crowds this year.

Dame Judi, ridden by Rhiannon Payne, took out the first race with Chris Kearney aboard Red Suit winning race two. Race three saw Park Central win with Bobby El-Issa at the helm.

Phil Stanford-trained Naval Action won race four with jockey Shaun Bayliss.

And the final Nanango race of 2012 was won by Johnny Aucash with jockey Ian Coombes doing all he could to get his horse across the line first.

Fashions of the Field winner was Liz Clark of Nanango and runner-up was Gayndah's Hayley Ahern.

The next Nanango race meet will be on January 12 with the theme, Purrfect Pink.

South Burnett

Topics:  christmas, nanango, race meet, races




Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Latest deals and offers

Free mobile washing service for homeless

The Orange Sky laundry service offers free clothes and laundry services to those in need. QUU spokesperson Michelle Cull, resident Rickie Stuart and Orange Sky service rollout co-ordinator Alek Jacoby.

The OrangeSky mobile washing van sets up in Queens Park in Ipswich every Wednesday...

Armed Robbery North Booval

Jarrad Alexander Stanton Deane, 29, was jailed for seven years for more than 40...

Fatality Free Friday urges motorists to take the pledge

A 31-year-old man is due to front court in custody today charged with stealing five motorbikes from various locations in the past few months.

As part of Fatality Free Friday today, police are pleading with motorists to take...

Own Sunshine Coast property? You’re about to make money

UP AND UP: Property owners are likely to win from rent and price increases but tenants and first home buyers might not be so happy. Photo: Brett Wortman / Sunshine Coast Daily

Good new for property owners, not so good for buyers and tenants.

Sale nears on last large block of land in Coolum

The 43.37ha property on South Coolum Rd has sold.

South Coolum Rd property to be land banked