by Shane Jones
RACING: "It was a day where any horse could win."
Bundaberg's Tony Hess concedes his success at Bundaberg Catholic Schools race day came purely down to luck on Saturday.
Winning for the second successive meet in Bundaberg he took out the Murchie Constructions Pty Ltd Benchmark 60 Handicap (1212m) by almost two lengths with Cold Blooded.
Ridden by Shaun Bayliss the jockey used the outside of the track to pull away in the end.
And Hess firmly believes that was what won the race.
"The aim was to get the horses out of the heavy stuff (sand) because of the rain," he said.
"All racing was out wide and on the outside of the track."
"That's how we won."
Taking advantage of the line on the track Bayliss was able to ride two other winners on the day.
Teaming up with Eidsvold trainer Bob Murray he won with James is Blonde in the Bull Financial Group Open Handicap (1090m) before winning with Davey in the Greg Whalley Dental Plate Maiden (1090m).
Trained by Bundaberg's David Deans it was Davey's first win in just his second race. It was also the first win for Deans in almost two years of racing in the region with his last win coming on Nostic on September 5 in 2015.
In the other races Murray won the Spotted Dog Tavern Benchmark 50 Handicap (1380m) with Byron Babe as Bundaberg's Daryl Gardiner returned to the winners circle with Craiglea Pistol in the Baker O'Brien Toll Lawyers Handicap (850m).
Local trainers also praised the quick thinking stewards who finished the race meet almost an hour ahead of schedule because of a storm.
"Stewards did their job really well," Hess said.
"I was happy to move the horses around to race."
The next meet for the Bundaberg Race Club will be held in May.