Chilli Beach reigns
Horse Racing: THEY say age comes before beauty and it certainly came before youth at the Tara Races at the weekend.
Eight-year-old mare Chilli Beach ($7) took out the Tara Cup against several younger geldings, giving her three wins from her last four starts with success in Gympie in August and September.
Kapachino Miss took out race one, Heza Chumley ran first in race two, while Echoing was first over the line in race three, and Campanology snatched up race five.
Chilli Beach's win adds to the growing country races resume for Sunshine Coast trainer Kylie Geran.
Geran said it was a great day and showed Chilli Beach still loves to race.
"She was destined to head for the breeding barn this year but she keeps winning,” Geran said.
"Something has clicked with her at the moment and she seems happy racing.
"I think she was the only mare in the field and she beat all the boys so she can be proud of that.”
Tara Race Club secretary Rhonda Dowling said it was a good day despite the threat of rain.
"We didn't want it (the rain) on Saturday so we were very happy about that,” Mrs Dowling said.
"We had about 300 people and the weather kept a few away.”
The track was graded a good three.
Geran said there's something special about country races.
"Just the atmosphere and the people and everyone comes together,” Geran said.
"We just like to support the country races, we enjoy taking our horses there.”
"We just enjoy going to the bush.”