Successful race day labels Wondai 'the place to be'
THE WONDAI Races and their grand event left punters very satisfied.
The Wondai Race Club held an irregular race day on Saturday, January 19, after Gayndah struggled with weather conditions in events prior.
With both jockeys and horses on their best game, Club president Jeff Wenck was proud to host the event in Wondai at such short notice.
"The racing has been beautiful today. We had 40 horses nominated which is a few good races, and the sand track is always pretty good, so it's really the place to be," he said.
"This is just a one off race meeting. We picked it up because Gayndah got washed out when they were celebrating their 50th anniversary.
"It's very exciting to have the facility always ready and able to be open. If people ring about six weeks in advance to ask, we can most definitely help them out and host a meeting. We've got a good little complex here."
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Mr Wenck said the crowd was perfect given the circumstances.
"Lots of people enjoy coming to the area, and it's a great way to bring people to Wondai for a social event," he said.
"As far as the crowd goes, we didn't know what to expect at this time of year. Everyone's been busy after Christmas and New Year's, and school comes back next week. The heat is another thing that might be keeping people away, but it's a good turnout."
As far as the racing goes, results left many pleased with their betting choices.
In the Gayndah to Wondai Open Handicap, in order from first to third, horses Money Ad, Dirty Rascal and Baby Merlin scored places.
In the Col Ryan Memorial race, horses My Happy Place, Targets and Spot On took the lead.
In the Project Water Maiden Plate race, horses Tycoon Zip, National Trail and Nicco's Lass scored results.
In the Warana Hotel / Motel Benchmark 50, horses Lil Ruby Rose, Kama Force and Lushness fought strong.
In the Hams Crane Hire Benchmark 60, horses Supervisor, Heirsroc and Ascot Bound claimed their places.
Mr Wenck advises that after the irregular meet, the Wondai Race Club will now return to its usual three annual race routine.