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3 July, 2021

Country racing wins: Nuggets notes

QUEENSLAND Country Racing was showcased at Eagle Farm last Saturday with scenes of jubilation boiling over in the winners stall with the connections of prevailing in a keenly contested $200000 Battle of the Bush series final (1200 m).

Dalby based trainer David Reynolds stood proudly by the winners stall when jockey Wendy Peel brought Rather Salubrious ($15.00) back to scale after their barnstorming win in the $200000 event.

The five-year-old, now a winner of close to $350,000 has made a name for itself on the country circuit taking out the Goondiwindi battle of the bush heat to qualify for the the final.

Wendy gave the Dalby runner a perfect run in transit.

Peel kept the mare rolling out of trouble after jumping from barrier six and was presented at 200 metre mark to run down country iron horse Bolente $4.00 with Ashley Butler doing everything perfectly.

The 62 kilograms beat the Winton galloper.

Local Emerald galloper Awanechee was a brave fast finishing with Mel- bourne cup winning jockey Craig Wil- liams onboard.

In the lead up to Saturday’s final Williams had a major setback with champion jockey Hugh Bowman un- able to take the ride on Awanechee due to the Covid outbreak in NSW.

The quick-thinking Williams was luckily able to engage the services of Melbourne cup winning jockey Craig Williams who is based in Queensland over the winter carnival.

Craig gave the Williams trained Galloper a 10/10 ride in transit running in to third placing.

The boy from the bush came, saw and didn’t quite conquer.

But for owner Mick Calvert and team Williams they will have memories that will last them a lifetime.

Their day in the big smoke and for the efforts over $20,000 in prizemoney for the third placing and starter sub- sidies will hit their bank accounts in coming weeks.

Not a bad effort for the Pioneer Park boys from the bush.

Williams lined up in race two with Jinabelle in an unplaced run but also picked a $1000 paying for her holiday to the big smoke also.

Williams said he, his partner Tracey and Micky Calvert hadn’t come down from cloud nine.

The trio rubbed shoulders with the who’s who of racing in Australia and all agreed that the battle of the bush is now the pinnacle of everything a country racing licencee could hope to win and hopes to be back next year.

Meanwhile, the Pepperina Park race track in Clermont will come alive this Saturday when Bill Bell and his team at the Clermont Race Club host the club’s showpiece meeting, the annual Tony (Pud) Kenny Clermont Cup.

The club has plenty of action and entertainment planned.

The racing surface will be presented picture perfect, as it always is, by track curator Bill Bell and the five race program will carry over $50000 in prizemoney which has ensured top quality fields.

Gates open 11am.

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