Rare dead heat in rainy conditions

DEAD HEAT: Hannah Phillips and Gemma Steele in action.
DEAD HEAT: Hannah Phillips and Gemma Steele in action. Claudia Williams

RACING: In the second race at the Wondai Races on Saturday Hannah Phillips and Gemma Steele couldn't be separated for the victory resulting in a dead heat.

Racing Queensland handicapper, Mitch Treleaven, said it was a rare occurrence.

"It is extremely rare for a dead heat in any race, especially on a sand track,” he said.

It was a new experience for Wondai jockey Hannah Phillips.

"I haven't had a dead heat for a win before,” she said.

"Gemma and I are pretty good friends I didn't mind splitting the win with her.

"But I think the trainers would have preferred a win if they could have taken the win outright.

"All of us are good mates in the room but when we are on the track all bets are off.”

Phillips claimed the outright victory on Wondai horse National Jewel for Tony Williams

"He had her in perfect condition,” Phillips said.

"She was fit and she loves the track.”

Phillips said locally-trained horses had an advantage going into the race.

"It definitely helps because of the track and the shape of it and the uphill finish,” she said.

The tied horses have both had outstanding performances this year with Glenthorn Avenue winning 19 races and Fab's Cowboy taking out 16 races.

"There wouldn't be many horses in the country that have won that many races,” Phillips said.

The Wondai Cup was won by Cecily Eaton on Bundaberg-trained horse, Kuramos.

"I wasn't surprised to see him win the cup because he has won convincingly when I rode him at Wondai,” Phillips said.

Due to the weather many races throughout the state were cancelled and Phillips said it was a credit to the club that racing went ahead.

"The club did a really good job getting the track the way it was,” she said.

"There was a good crowd there for how rubbish the weather was and the club put on a great day.”

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