Stars Are Born to take top award?
FOLLOWING his winning treble at Pioneer Park last Saturday, which has given him a three-point lead, Barcaldine trainer Todd Austin looks well placed to claim this year's Milne Bros/Case IH Trainer's Premiership.
A horse he trains by the name of Stars Are Born is also a strong chance of taking out the Horse of the Year award but Mark Barnham has the jockey's award well and truly sewn up.
Apart from Austin's winning treble, the only other trainers to lead in a winner were Rockhampton's Ross Shannon and Oakey's Ken Waller.
It was ironic that both trainers were making their first trip to Pioneer Park but given the success they enjoyed, it won't be their last.
The name Ken Waller will be well known to many racegoers as he was a former leading jockey based in the Toowoomba area.
It may be a surprise to some to learn he was aboard champion galloper Chief De Beers in two of his victories.
Given that it was the Central Highlands Regional Council Races it was a pleasure to have councillors Peter Haylock and Pattie Schwarz involved with the presentations.
The council's general manager community and development Brad Duke presented the trophy for the final event.
He looked well and truly at home in the mounting enclosure and so he should. He had many years experience as a part-time Racing Queensland Stipendiary Steward based in Mount Isa.
THERE is no stopping rugby league administrator and Emerald Jockey Club committee person Graham Campbell.
He currently holds the position of bar manager at Pioneer Park and can be seen most Saturdays working as a barrier attendant.
Last Saturday he was seen in another role. When regular race judge Dyrelle Davis was indisposed, Campbell, who is an accredited judge, slotted into the role perfectly.
IT's race day at Moranbah tomorrow and Clermont next Saturday.