Jack Moody rides into first place in the John de Groot Australian Goat Racing Cup on Geoff Rafter's goat Bright Eyes in Barcaldine on Monday. The 12-year-old won the race well ahead of Katie Rafter on Lightning.
Jack Moody rides into first place in the John de Groot Australian Goat Racing Cup on Geoff Rafter's goat Bright Eyes in Barcaldine on Monday. The 12-year-old won the race well ahead of Katie Rafter on Lightning. Supplied

Go you goat thing!

JACK MOODY may only be racing goats right now, but if he follows his dreams we could see him on horses before long.

The 12-year-old student at Barcaldine’s St Joseph’s Primary School won the John de Groot Australian Goat Racing Cup at the Tree of Knowledge Festival Goat races in Barcaldine on Monday.

The black and white goat, Bright Eyes, took Jack to victory.

But it wasn’t without a lot of hard work and training by Jack’s mate Brendan Rafter.

“I ride horses a lot, but with goats it’s sort of hard because you can’t really control them,” Jack explained.

“You just have to hit them on the bum and make noises to keep them going.”

Bright Eyes joined 35 other goats from as far afield as Sarina and Rockhampton.

Barcaldine Goat Racing Committee president Tom Lockie said the day was a great success.

“You couldn’t have gotten a better race meeting,” said Tom.

“The goats ran well and there were some very fast times.

“We had a huge crowd which thoroughly enjoyed an extremely well-run event.

“This is what true goat racing is all about.”



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