Clerk of the course Sharon Howes is retiring after 25 years at the Ipswich Turf Club. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times
Clerk of the course Sharon Howes is retiring after 25 years at the Ipswich Turf Club. Photo: Claudia Baxter / The Queensland Times Claudia Baxter

Sharon's farewell cheers, tears

THE predicted tears arrived but there were also plenty of smiles as Sharon Howes said goodbye on her last day as clerk of the course on Saturday.

As Sharon forecast in the QT last week, she cried during the meeting, notably after she led in the Cup winner and especially after the last of nine races on the day.

But to cheers from the crowd, she rode her trusty horse Jacko in front of the grandstand before joining her fellow staff members for a farewell ride down the home straight. Then the turf club gave her a special presentation before she rode back to the horse stalls for the last time, flashing that familiar smile.

Sharon said she wasn't giving up the role because she doesn't love it any more.

It's because she has a full-time job at a chemist and Jacko is getting old.

Fittingly, the last horse she led onto the track was ridden by Michael Hellyer who, she said, called her and him the A Team.



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