Top local jockey and Mount Isa Race Club president Dan Ballard finished off the season in style with four out of six winners in the final meet of the season in Mount Isa.
Ballard opened his account in Race 1 the Trevor Morris Builders BenchMark 65 Handicap over 1450m taking the favourite Sparkling Vixen to victory for mum Denise ahead of Dreamward Bound and Diurnal Tiger.
He was back at it again in Race 2 the Mount Isa Mining Supplies BenchMark 60 Handicap over 1000m, this time aboard Wicked Wiki for trainer Tanya Parry.
Wicked Wiki won by two and a half lengths from favourite Bush Lawyer with Tuning back in third.
The Ballard-Parry combination had to settle for second in Race 3, the Mount Isa Mining Supplies Engineers Delight QTIS Maiden Plate over 1200m.
This time it was a victory for Tim Brummell riding Kerry Krogh’s Sciolta one and a half lengths clear of Ballard on Guacamole with Naughty But Nice in third. Parry trained every horse except the winner in this race.
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But Ballard was back for another win Race 4 the Milwaukeee Your Number One Tool Open Handicap over 1200m.
This was a Denise and Dan combo to lead Travel in Style to victory by three lengths from favourite Revel in the Chaos.
Craiglea Cruz finished in third place.
Dan was the man again in Race 5 the Couple it with Victaulic Ratings Band 0-55 Handicap over 1200m.
Ballard grabbed his fourth winner from five starts on Eldrick, chalking up a win for his third trainer of the day, Darren Burgess.
Eldrick, the $1.50 favourite, charged home a length clear of Our Hussler with Denlago back in third.
The final race of the day was the Happy Birthday Brad Tucker Ratings Band 0-55 Handicap again over 1200m.
A Ballard won again, but this time it was dad Keith who steered home rank outside Cobungra Boy for Tanya Parry for a big $17 roughie win at the last.
Wicked Investment was third, and Dan Ballard had his worst finish of the day finishing a “mere” third on Believe it or Not, believe it or not.
That’s it for racing in the North West now until March 3, 2018 in Mount Isa.