To The North pips Extreme Mover at the finishing post in the Ray Lyons Memorial Race at yesterday’s Boxing Day race meeting.
To The North pips Extreme Mover at the finishing post in the Ray Lyons Memorial Race at yesterday’s Boxing Day race meeting. Jayden Brown

Favourite wins thriller

IT WAS a close contest between two horses at the post that decided the winner of Race 6 at yesterday's Boxing Day Races at Allman Park.

Heavily backed favourite To The North ($3.10) and Extreme Mover ($7.30) battled it out down the home stretch, with jockey Nathan Evans riding To The North to a win by half a length.

The five-year-old gelding's last two starts on the Sunshine and Gold Coasts were indications that To The North was the horse to beat in yesterday's race.

The Ben Currie-trained gelding has been nominated for Tuesday's Bernborough Handicap at Clifford Park in Toowoomba.

Behind him in the race was Extreme Mover, Cyclone Al ($6) and Belwina ($11.60).

The Hopes Body Repairs/Lang and Walker/Ray Lyons Memorial Race was the main event on the seven-race program at the Warwick Boxing Day Races.

The race was named in honour of the late Ray Lyons, long-standing committee member of the Warwick Turf Club, who passed away earlier in the year.

Winning jockey Nathan Evans made it back-to-back wins, riding four-year-old gelding Monduke to a win in Race 5 for Toowoomba trainer Allan Ross.

Other race winners throughout the day were La Tenza ($3.10) in Race 1, Picalova ($8.90) in Race 2, Outback Lass ($4.30) in Race 3, Rip Rip Woodchip ($8.30) in Race 4 and Turiff ($3.10) in Race 7.

The Boxing Day races were well supported with crowds frocking and suiting up to enjoy a sunny day out at the race meeting for a change.

Last year's Boxing Day meeting was cancelled due to heavy rain, which was a major disappointment for the Warwick Turf Club.



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