30 March, 2021
No long faces for Moranbah race club
Fans turned out in droves for the Moranbah Races autumn carnival meeting
By Richard "Nugget" Turnbull
FANS were out in force at Moranbah Race Club's big Autumn carnival meeting at Treasure Park last Saturday.
With a strong crowd in attendance. the community showed it still has a strong passion for racing, which has been severely interrupted by COVID-19 in the state's coal capital.
President John Juhas was pleased with crowd numbers and more than impressed with the effort that the men and women of Moranbah put into the highly competitive fashions on the field.
Over 40 gallopers faced the starters over the six races on the program.
The first race on the program was taken out by an Emerald-trained galloper from the Glenda Bell yard in Emerald who legged Rockhampton apprentice Cody (Chip) Collis aboard Isis Jectile ($1.90) who lit the Treasure Park track alight.
The Bell galloper has a real liking for the sandy loamy surfaces and will continue to be a strong force on the country circuit.
The King of Treasure Park, John Manzelmann, took out the richest race on the program, the maiden handicap over 1000 metres, with Struman ($3.00) who was ridden by Trinity Bannon leading all the way winning by a widening four and a half lengths with Setlin Sage getting home well for Thangool Trainer Damien Rideout ($3.50) in the last 75 metres.
For second placing Glenda Bell’s runner, Think I Can Careen, stuck on well for third placing.
The open plate featured some of country racing’s biggest names in the open sprinter ranks including the long-time heavyweight champ of the bush, the locally trained nine-year-old Fabs Cowboy, made it a one-act affair taking out the open sprint over 1170 metres, with Angela Jones in the saddle, who rode the bush champ an absolute treat in the first leg of a double with the Johnson stable.
The win made it 42 wins and 21 placings from 101 starts and $321,475 in prize money.
The most impressive popular win of the day came in Ancient Echoes ($3.50) who took out the benchmark 60 over the 1400 metres for the Moranbah magician Bevan Johnson after a slow start for its new stable.
Ancient Echoes made it two in a row, leading from start to finish with Apprentice Angela Jones giving it a peach of a ride.
Ancient echoes looks set to progress to the country cup circuit and a possible tilt at the Alpha cup is on the cards as Ancient Echoes is raced by several Alpha racing identities.
Mackay trainer Ian Shaw made the 400-kilometre round trip down the Peak Downs Highway to support the meeting and provided young apprentice Cody Collis a day he wouldn’t forget which included a treble.
Collis earlier in the day rode Dawlish $2.10 to take out the 1170-m benchmark 45 handicap.
Shaw and Collis combined to take out the feature event, the $10,000 Moranbah Workers Club Community cup over 1550 metres.
Collis suled Stars don’t Rust - ($3.00) out of the barriers, to sit just off the pace in a perfectly timed ride from Collis, who made a mid-race move to hit the front, a long way out to draw away by a widening six and a half lengths with Bevan Johnson’s runner Barbican ($3.00) hanging on for second, which topped off a great day of country racing in the coal capital of Queensland for the first meeting of 2021.
Secretary Olivia O’Neill is extremely excited about racing in Moranbah and said the club was looking forward to building its profile with more offerings for race goers which she hoped would engage the community more, to make all three meetings the biggest events on the local social calendar.