Mackie makes her mark
Racing: It was a day of domination for Toowoomba jockey Brooke Mackie on Saturday, as the young rider took home the trophy in not one, but two races at the Chinchilla McDonald's Family Race Day.
In her first of four appearances, Mackie nabbed top spot on Pat's Girl in race two, before placing second on Applause a Star in race three.
Mackie took to the track again on Bootifulblue in the fourth race without placing, but came back to claim the prize in the day's final race on Red Prince.
Speaking of her success after the final run, Mackie said to win on Pat's Girl was particularly memorable.
"That's pretty special to me because me and my partner do all the work with her and the trainer, he's really close and he's like family to me now, and I've had two rides on her for two wins, so that's really good,” Mackie said.
"And the second one (win) was also special because they're lovely people to be riding for, they've got good horses, and it's for my boss, so it made it even more special that he sent two horses out for me today.
"He's given me a lot of support.”
It's a stellar outcome for the jockey of six months, having done trackwork for the past two years.
Meanwhile it was also a delightful day for the Chinchilla Race Club.
Club president Don Critch said it's the first time they've run the McDonald's Family Race Day in March, and the event was filled with children's activities like jumping castles, pony rides, and kids fashion.
He said it should give the club a "bit of traction” moving forward this year.
"(It was) terrific racing, it is always a bit hard this time of year getting big race fields, it's the first race meeting of the season but we're happy, it was good racing and good results,” Critch said.
Critch also thanked sponsors of the event for their support.