Rich series bolts to start at Bluff



EXCELLENT prizemoney is on offer at the Bluff-Blackwater Amateur Race Club's meeting at Bluff racecourse on Saturday, March 4, at the opening round of the Queensland Country Racing Beef and Coal Series.

The successful series moves to Thangool (March 11), Rockhamp- ton St Patrick's Day (March 18), Springsure (March 25), Clermont (April 8), Emerald later that month and back to Bluff.

Craiglea Stud's Stan Johnston has arranged video coverage of the series to be televised on a country racing segment at a later date on SKY Racing.

"I hope the series is well supported as it offers much needed inflated prizemoney for country racing,'' Johnston said.

A devotee of all things country, particularly horse racing, Johnston could have four starters at Saturday's Thangool races.

In common with his Kennilworth stud, all the Johnston horses bear the first name "Craiglea'' with Gympie trainer Col Williamson entering Bells (Open), Scene (Class B) as well as Spy and Music for the Maiden (800m).

The Drew Crouch trained Toplayer, beaten favourite in Rockhampton last Friday, is topweight

with 58kg for the $8000 Moranbah Class 2 Cup (1400m) at that centre on Saturday.

At Yeppoon preparations are advancing for the Yeppoon Cup Day at Keppel Park on April 1.

Racing-starved Capricorn Coast residents will witness a five-race program with the winner of the 2YO Maiden Plate (1100m) to receive a $10,000 bonus if it was sold at the 2005 Brisbane Bloodstock Yearling Sale.



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