Punters brave the summer heat

GREAT FINISH: Nanango horse Blackgold wins the Nanango Gas Suppliers Handicap during Saturday's Nanango Races.
GREAT FINISH: Nanango horse Blackgold wins the Nanango Gas Suppliers Handicap during Saturday's Nanango Races. Aiden Burgess

COUNTRY racing returned to the South Burnett for 2013 on Saturday afternoon as the Nanango Races got underway with sweltering conditions a backdrop to the on-track action.

Punters who braved the summer heat enjoyed a top-class day of regional racing which included the Scott Pedron-trained gelding Blackgold winning on its home track after taking out the Nanango Gas Suppliers Benchmark 65 Handicap.

The Pedro- trained Forshot finished third in the Nanango Foodworks Class B Handicap.

The four race meeting got underway with Toowoomba-trained Hidden Starlet winning by half a length from Oakey trained Flash Apache in the Three Way Photos Class 1 Handicap (800m).

The racing action continued with Oakey-trained Mr Deekay winning the BP Roadhouse Nanango Maiden Plate (1200m) after leading home Sunshine Coast's Miss Mookychick and Gympie's Gems Tatt.

Nanango-trained Blackgold made it a meeting to remember, winning the Nanango Gas Suppliers Benchmark 65 Handicap (1200m) by just 0.2 lengths from Toowoomba's Sweet Hussy.

The fourth and final race of the day saw Oakey-trained Hot Chocolat hold off Gympie trained Wild Rumours by half a length to win the Nanango Foodworks Class B Handicap (1600m).

Nanango Race Day placings. Race 1: 1. Hidden Starlet (Toowoomba). 2.Flash Apache (Oakey). 3.Casual Connections (Warwick).

Race 2: 1.Mr Deekay (Oakey). Miss Mookychick (Sunshine Coast). 3. Gems Tatt (Gympie). Race 3: 1. Blackgold (Nanango) 2.Sweet Hussy (Toowoomba). 3.Lion Beauty (Toowoomba). Race 4: 1.Hot Chocolat (Oakey) 2.Wild Rumours (Gympie) 3.Forshot (Nanango).



BLACKGOLD had a home debut to remember.

The Nanango-trained gelding won in his first ever race at Lee Park after leading the field home in the Nanango Gas Supplies Benchmark 65 Handicap.

The six-year-old had previous wins at Sale, Taroom and Toowoomba since 2010 before Saturday's victory over 1200m.

Nanango-based trainer Scott Pedron had overseen Blackgold from December 2011 to January 2012 during which the gelding won at Taroom and Toowoomba.

Blackgold then went to another trainer in February before returning to the Pedron stable just seven weeks ago.

The gelding's win on Saturday was his first race since August 11 at Toowoomba.

Winning trainer Pedron was pleased for Blackgold to win in his first race back in the Nanango stable.

"I thought it was a really good win in his first race back after a long break," he said.

"It's probably the most satisfying of the three wins I've had with him after having him taken off me and then winning first race back, it was the best win on that merit."

Pedron explained the advantages which helped the six year old to victory on Saturday.

"The biggest thing was not having to travel in the heat ... he only had to walk out of the stables," he said.

"He really enjoys the jockey who was on him (Ian Coombes) and we've combined for three wins from three starts."

Pedron said he was looking forward to what the future brings for his race-winning gelding.

Blackgold currently has four wins and eight placings from 29 career starts.

South Burnett

Topics:  nanango nanango races

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Hearts beating faster at Ration Shed

TIMELY FUNDING: Llew O'Brien and Sandra Morgan at the Ration Shed Museum on Tuesday.

The Ration Shed can stay open with IAS funding.

Still a way to go for disability access

NO ACCESS: Craig Lucas said Kingaroy had come a long way with disability access but there were still issues.

Disabled access still needs improvment in Kingaroy.

Woman appears in court on murder charge

Fifth person charged in relation to Mundubbera murder.

Local Partners

OPINION: Stop complaining, Kingaroy's water is okay

When you think of the quality of water in the developing world, we really have nothing to complain about.

WATCH: NASA space station is live, see the view from above

In this picture taken from NASA's International Space Station from April 2015, the SpaceX Dragon is captured with the 57.7-foot-long Canadarm2 robotic arm before its installation to the Harmony module.

See the world from a new perspective as space station passes Rocky

Community garden set for Palmwoods

Kay Nixon at the Palmwoods Community Gardens will be hosting a launch day and inviting the ecommunity to come along and sign up.

Parcel of land to supply sustainable gardening for community

Barry Gibb is coming to Bluesfest 2017

FANS: Barry Gibb talks to a fan next to a cardboard cutout of his young self.

Aged 70, Gibb has re-launched his solo music career with a new album

RECAP: The Bachelorette S2E12 - the finale

Georgia Love pictured in a scene from The Bachelorette finale.

GEORGIA chooses Lee and leaves Matty J heartbroken.

The Bachelorette finale: Georgia declares her love for Lee

Georgia Love with The Bachelorette winner Lee Elliott.

MATTY J left heartbroken in emotional grand final.

Buy your own brothel: Scarlet Harem for sale

OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS: The Coast's first brothel, Scarlet Harem at Kunda Park, is up for sale.

Coast brothel madam sells up

Tom Cruise credits success to Scientology

Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise credits his success to Scientology

Hacksaw Ridge leads AACTA Awards nominations

Andrew Garfield and Teresa Palmer in a scene from the movie Hacksaw Ridge.

MEL Gibson's wartime drama opens in cinemas next week.

ABBA to reunite for virtual live experience


ABBA have confirmed they are to reunite - in virtual reality form

Tough times in CBD: Woolies says goodbye Ipswich

Woolworths in the Ipswich Mall.Photo: Rob Williams / The Queensland Times

The last day of trading will be January 1

Look at me! Kath and Kim home up for sale

Kath and Kim from the iconic Aussie TV series.

'Crack open the Baileys and grab a box of BBQ Shapes'

How to fit 100,000 new homes on the Coast

Property, real estate, housing, suburb,  August 2016

Fitting 2m extra people in south-east Qld in 25 years a balance

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June