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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.



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