Kelly Gates on The Intern etching forward into second place during the first race.
Kelly Gates on The Intern etching forward into second place during the first race. Jessica McGrath

Strong fields at the Burrandowan races

RACING: Punters at the Burrandowan Picnic Races were treated to strong fields and tight racing on Saturday.

Lyle Murray has been taking horses to Burrandowan races for 18 years and this year his horse, Flavian placed second in the Grahame Downes memorial benchmark 65 handicap (1050 metre) race.

"He was a little bit underdone and the other horse beat him on the day,” he said.

It was Flavian's first race in a month and Murray will be looking for the horse to go one better at the Battle of Bush series in Nanango.

Murray is a great supporter of country racing as the chairman of the South East Country Racing Association and he said the Burrandownan event was a great asset to the region.

"It was an excellent day, very competitive and the organisers were rewarded with a huge crowd,” Murray said.

President of the Burrandowan club, Brendan McCormack, said the day was a win for the club with no jockeys or horses injured.

"The fields were all very hotly contested It was an excellent day of country racing at its best,” he said.

The club got 70 nominations for the meeting which saw fields vying for the win.

"Those numbers stood up and their was plenty of competition in each race,” McCormack said.

"From a racing perspective it is always pleasing to get positive reports from the public about the racing and it is also good to get the tick of approval from the Queensland racing reps that were there on the day.”

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