Writer with jockey Adrian Coome head to the winner’s enclosure.
Writer with jockey Adrian Coome head to the winner’s enclosure. Sharyn Oneill

Winning day

WHETHER people wanted the atmosphere of a good crowd, with the colour and excitement that brings, or just good racing then there was something for everyone at Callaghan Park on Saturday.

Secretary of the Central Queensland Amateurs Racing Club, Bruce Slattery, was delighted at the way Saturday's meeting went, especially as it was held at a different time of year to normal.

On course there was good news for punters who backed the local horses in the big races, with the Adrian Coome ridden Writer leading the field home to win the Reid Liquor Rocky Amateur Gold Cup.

Writer, trained by Rockhampton's David Stafford, won by two lengths from another Rockhampton trained horse Cannyclimb with the hot favourite Lucky Dubai only managing fourth.

Slattery said there was plenty of excitement after the race with the trainer and Writer's connections holding the Cup aloft to the appreciation of the crowd.

The win in the Gold Cup capped a fine day of racing for Coome who also had winners with Strike Me Red in the first race and Secret Tune in the Bentley's Sunline Handicap.

The triple for the star jockey earned a unique prize with Coome collecting the specially made whip as the top jockey at the meeting.

Top trainer award went to visitor Mark Trimble who had two winners, Gold Coast Girl in a Maiden and the XXXX Gold Plate with Pegunny Warrior.

Trimble received a cash bonus of $1500 as best trainer at the meeting.

While the crowd got its moneys worth, it was also a special day for some of the hard workers for the Amateurs event.

Thangool's Laurie Moller received life membership to the CQ Amateurs Racing Club while Alan Mace retired from duty.

Slattery said Mace had been an active member for 36 years and well supported during that time by his wife Zelma.

The Wilpeena Race Auction also proved to be a massive success with over $10,000 raised for charity.



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