Locals among winners at March TAB meeting

A perfect day of racing was held at Kempsey - Picture by: Jarrod Lipscombe

THEY were Off and racing at Warwick Park Racecourse for the first time this year, on Tuesday afternoon.

Kempsey Race Club hosted a seven-race TAB program on Tuesday, with strong fields featured in the majority of races.

Club chairman Jarrod Lipscombe said it had been a successful day, in particular, the condition of the track.

“I was very pleased with how it held up, it was a good three, even after all that wet weather we had last month,” he said.

“The excellent track is a credit to the ground staff.

“It was also exciting to see Newcastle trainer Kris Lees attend the meeting.”

Lipscombe said it would have been nice to see more spectators, but he said those who had attended had been a happy and well-behaved crowd.

“It was good to see the locals doing well as well,” he said.

Shazza’s Bubbles ($9), trained by Taree’s Ross Stitt, jumped from barrier nine, but was able to snare its first win in the Akubra Maiden Plate over 1450m.

Scott Thurlow rode her strongly to a half length win over Magic Show and Monaco Lady who finished second and third respectively.

Single Chance ($3.8), with Ben Looker on board, edged out the $3.2 favourite Flying Kistena in the Kempsey Race Club 2-year-old handicap.

Single Chance is trained by Andrew Parramore. Little Moots took out third place.

Geoffrey Snowden led Random Ruler ($10) to victory in the Kempsey Fast Foods Class 2 Handicap, over 1900m, for trainer Keith C Smith. Redzinga and Art Delago took out the minor placings.

Rigamarole was the only favourite to win a race on Tuesday and the Colt Prosser-trained gelding did not disappoint the punters, with a strong two-length victory in the Kempsey-Macleay RSL Club Class 2 Plate. Robert Agnew was the jockey.

Second place went to Effective with the Barry Ratcliff-trained Ma Kettle taking out third place.

Jockey Marlon Dolendo and trainer Neil Godbolt combined brilliantly in the last two races to score a double.

The first was with Snippersnapper ($7.5) winning the West Kempsey Hotel Class 1 Handicap over 1450m. Idovoodoo and Phrases took out the minor placings.

The race meeting ended in fine fashion as locally-owned Dinky Mink and Private Accord set a cracking pace and hit the line together.

A photo finish judged Dinky Mink to be the winner. The win secured the double for Dolendo and Godbolt.

Loose‘n’lovely took out third place, while local horse Broadway Gossip just missed out, finishing in fourth place.

Racing action will return to Kempsey on Anzac Day.

The club is planning a family-friendly meeting and the feature event of the day will be the Kempsey-Macleay RSL Diggers Cup.

Two TAB meetings will also be held in May.