They're off and racing
PUSHING back races due to the heat was a move welcomed by many at this year's Charleville Cup.
Racing Queensland made the announcement on Monday afternoon, citing the soaring mercury out west as the reason for the change.
"Due to the high temperature forecast for Tuesday (October 6), the race times for the Central Warrego RC Charleville Cup non-Tab meeting have been amended.
"The first local race will now commence at 3.30pm, with 30 minute gaps between races.
"Gates will still open at 11am for the race meeting with full facilities available including air-conditioned halls and bars,” the industry body said.
Despite the heat and the later start, punters packed the Central Warrego Race Club in time for the Riverina Stockfeeds QTIS Maiden Plate.
Two late scratchings still left 10 horses in the first race of the afternoon, and big names in country racing were in attendance, including Charleville's own Bubba Tilley, riding for Mark Johnston on three-year-old gelding Darts.
The new horse made its first official start in the maiden plate and was energetic from the get-go, but was ultimately passed in the field by horses with a few more races behind them.
Real Ordeal crossed the line first with jockey Natalie Morton pushing him to a narrow victory, only 0.3 of a second.
Trained by Toowoomba-based Donald Baker, the three-year-old gelding has been rising through the placings, most recently running at Clifton and Tara following a 140 day spell.
Morton and Real Ordeal were followed closely by Shane McGovern, riding James Hatch's Lenroy.
The margin between first and second was so close that the result was revised after the original article on race one had gone to print.
The Western Times apologises for the error.