Spring was in the air at the Racecourse on Saturday

AND THEIR RACING: Dan Lockhart, Glenn Whickham, Lil Bryant and Sarah Bohan cheered as the horses cross the finish line. Photo: Melissa North
AND THEIR RACING: Dan Lockhart, Glenn Whickham, Lil Bryant and Sarah Bohan cheered as the horses cross the finish line. Photo: Melissa North

Spring Cup is one of the biggest days in the Mount Isa racing calendar and it didn’t disappoint race goers, punters and fashionistas.

The 5-card race meet featured the qualifier for Racing Queensland’s Country Cup series in Race 4, a strongly contested race with nine horses in the barriers.

Dan Ballard rode Expat Envy home to win the qualifier. The 1450 metre race saw Good Job Bro take out second place and Two of a Kind came in third.

The start of Race 1, QTIS Maiden Plate, was delayed as the their were some difficulties loading in the barriers but when racing commenced it proved to be worth the wait for most punters.

RACE 4 WINNER: Expat Envy ridden by Dan Ballard won the Racing Queensland’s Country Cup qualifier. Photo: Sharon Crossland

RACE 4 WINNER: Expat Envy ridden by Dan Ballard won the Racing Queensland’s Country Cup qualifier. Photo: Sharon Crossland

No Crystal Ball ridden by Ric McMahon sprinted into first place taking the win with Ima Pocket Rocket  and Bidaflare taking out second and third place.

In race two the Class 1 Handicap, Lord Windermere shot through in first place followed by Alpha Stryke and Zooks.

World of Pain found his stride in Race 3, Class Handicap, while ridden by Tamara Tincknell who has had four wins so far this season. Split The Atom and Wicked Wiki crossed the line second and third respectively. 

Race 5 the BM65 handicap, saw jockey Matthew Gray bring home Mandalong Pass in first place.

He has rode 14 winners so far this season.

Deadly Choices ridden by Dan Ballard came in second and Senseofwonder ridden by Tim Brummel crossed the line in third place.

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