Locals leave the rest shaking in their boots
REAL Favulous yesterday took out the Hope's Body Repairs Country Queensland Showcase Benchmark 79 Handicap 1200m at the Hope's Body Repairs Lang and Walker Boxing Day Races at Allman Park.
The four-year-old bay gelding, trained by Toowoomba's David Baker, finished strongly to be first past the post, collecting the prize cheque of $12,800.
Earlier, the day started strongly for the locals, with Warwick-trained Boot Shaker winning the first race of the day, the Hynes Newsagency/Warwick Daily News Class 3 Plate 800m, and John Collins-trained Starwood taking out Race 2, the Steele's Bakery and Cafe QTIS Three-Years-Old Maiden Handicap 1100m.
Boot Shaker won comfortably by a length-and-a-half and trainer John McMahon said he was confident prior to the race.
"He's a pretty handy horse - he's won three of his six starts," McMahon said.
"Before it rained I thought it was a certainty to win but after that I wasn't sure.
"It was really good to win by such a margin - it was a big thrill.
"We gave him a week off and then saddled him up three times in the past two weeks so he was well rested."
The win was Boot Shaker's second at the Boxing Day Races and McMahon said he hoped there would be more wins at Allman Park to come.
"He's had a pretty good run," McMahon said.
"We'll give him a spell now - he probably won't come back until the next meet here (Allman Park) in February.
"We'll be looking for more victories in the future."
Fellow Warwick trainers Les Clarke and Len Bryant also had wins.