by Claudia Williams
RACING: While many in the South Burnett were enjoying racing at Nanango on Sunday, the region was being talked about by many at Sunshine Coast Turf Club's Corbould Park thanks to the success of a horse named Kingaroy.
Following a number of recent second places, Kingaroy took out the 1600m handicap race, guided to victory by jockey Michael Cahill.
Kingaroy began awkwardly and was held up rounding the home turn and in the early part of the home straight.
He came from seventh place with 400m to go to take the win.
Michael Vincent, of Adrenaline Thoroughbreds, said the combined expertise of the jockey and trainer Chris Munce sealed the win for Kingaroy.
Munce spent 29 years as a jockey and was one of seven jockeys to claim Australian Racing's Grand Slam, winning the Melbourne Cup on Jezabeel, Cox Plate on Savabeel, Golden Slipper on Prowl and Dance Hero and the Caulfield Cup on Descarado.
Vincent said the inside knowledge of Munce was key to success.
"His experience was pivotal on Sunday,” he said.
"Being a former rider, Chris never wants to tell too much to the jockey but on Sunday he gave specific instructions to the rider.”
Munce instructed Cahill to ride for luck through the field instead of around the field and Cahill successfully executed the plan.
The four-year-old gelding was purchased by syndicator Adrenaline Thoroughbreds at the Gold Coast Magic Millions sale in March 2015.
He was broken in June 2015 and went into training in November 2015 at two years of age.
The horse's mother's name is Bethany and the syndicator made the decision to name the horse after the the property and home of the Bjelke-Petersen family.
The name encouraged Kingaroy locals to buy a share into the horse.
Kingaroy accountant Brett Otto and his son, Nick, who was raised in Kingaroy, own a share in the horse, as well as Andrew Butwell, son of Kingaroy doctor Brad Butwell, who grew up in Kingaroy.
Vincent believes the best is yet to come for the foal, who made his racing debut in July 2016.
"He should get another start in the next two to three weeks and with his current form we are excited to see what he can achieve,” he said.