A YOUNG female apprentice jockey will long remember the April 2022 race meeting on the Home Hill track, after recording her first win in a race in the third event of the Burdekin Race Club program.
Kelsey Lenton recorded an easy three lengths victory on the five-year-old bay mare, Hit Snooze for Townsville’s Holt Racing team in the third race on the program, the QTIS Open Handicap over 1189 metres, from Fratellino (David Simmons) in second place and Tawhiri (Denicious Smith) a further four and a half lengths further back in third place.
The fourth event on the program also produced a rare dead heat on the Home Hill track, after judges could not split locally trained Bay Gelding, Keighley Sun (Carl Spry), trained by Burdekin Club President, Ricky Gudge and the Chris Attard trained gelding, Shock Zone (Denicious Smith).
The two horses were in sixth and seventh places at the back of the field at the 800 and 400 metre marks before scoring the joint victory in the Benchmark 55 Handicap over 1180 metres. Double Denman (Kelsey Lenton) was in third place.
The long trip to Home Hill paid off for Emerald trainer, Trevor Williams when a victory in Race Two, the Maiden Plate over 1180 metres with five- year-old mare, More Than Charged (Leeanne McCoy) was followed up in the last race, the Class
B Handicap over 1000 metres, with a double when Starhattan (Scott Shear- gold) also recorded a win for the trainer.
The first race on the program, the Class B Handicap over 1460 metres resulted in victory for Combattant de Rue (Nicole Seymour) ahead of Inhistime (Kelsey Lenton) with Jacjac Jacqui (Leeanne McCoy) in third place.
The race proved successful for female jockeys with the first four places filled by the fairer sex after Bonnie Thomson rode Supreme Prince into fourth place.
The Burdekin Race Club also used the April meeting to formally recognise club members, Charlie Barbagallo and Leeanne Gudge, who were presented with major awards at the Country Racing Awards held in Emerald in February this year.