19 December, 2022
Huge crowds celebrate last race meet of year
TABLELAND locals got the chance to hit the track before Christmas with the Atherton Turf Club hosting its Christmas Races on Saturday.
It was a full five-card race that pulled in racing fans from across the region as they celebrated with friends and family at the turf club.
Up first in the first race of the day, the Ezy Chillers 1000m it was Sound of Sleat ridden by Lacey Morrison that crossed the line first after playing bumper cars with the other horses before finally pulling away.
Smarty Lee jockeyed by Masayuki Abe crossed second followed by Supposedly Wicked ridden by Denicious Smith.
The second race was the Larkin Building QTIS Maiden Plate 1200m with Borlotti Beans jockeyed by Scott Sheargold crossing the line first after a blunder near the finish line nearly cost them the lead.
To Boogie ridden by Denicious Smith was a close second followed by Heartsareroman ridden by Jeffrey Felix in third.
For the Atherton Family Lawyers 1200m it was Cat In The Raine ridden by Jeffrey Felix that crossed the line first followed by Solomon with Nor Yadi and Toff Rocks jockeyed by Kerry Rockett in third.
In the BJS Plumbing & Civil Contracting 1200m it was Sylvester ridden by Lacey Morrison that crossed the line first after a slow start, Our Chiquilla ridden by Scott Sheargold followed in second while Tennessee Boy jockeyed by Rachel Shred came in third.
For the last race of the day, the Flynn Civil 1400m it was Bellevita ridden by Lacey Morrison that crossed the line first followed closely by Whitterick jockeyed by Rachel Shred and Astern Villa ridden by Frank Edwards in third.