Racing CEO announces North West’s achievers

Last race: More To It passes race favourite Too Many Lies just before the finish line in the BenchMark handicap.

THE Mount Isa Race Club announced the best local and regionaljockeys, trainers and horses of the year during the Christmas at the Races event at Buchanan Parkon Saturday.

The awards were presented by Queensland Racing’s acting chief executive Ian Hall, who was visiting the clubs to learn firsthandthe local racing community’s concerns of the industry, and by State Member Rob Katter.

The North West Region’s trainer of the year was Denise Ballard.

The region’s jockey of the year was Aaron Spradau.

Spradau was also declared the local jockey.

Carry Me was the region’s horse of the year, owned and trained by Justin Bawden.

The local apprentice jockey was Tamara Ticknell.

Mount Isa’s trainer of the year was Patrick Inwood.

And the local horse of the year was Fortza, the Inwood trained horse that won the open handicap that day.

Fortza is owned by Janelle Montgomery, who said; “he was my find in a sale, which makes it special.

“He was my gamble.”

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