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.