ALL FOURS: Jessikah Brand charges home to win the Les Baker Memorial in the Charleville winter races (race three).
ALL FOURS: Jessikah Brand charges home to win the Les Baker Memorial in the Charleville winter races (race three). Andrew Messenger

Case of all fours at Neville’s race meet

RACING: What a bizarre result. When Bevan Johnson’s S Egan rode Fab’s Cowboy across the line for a comprehensive win in race five at the Charleville winter races, people broke into laughter.

Charleville’s five race meet almost descended into farce with number four winning all five races.

Different horses, mind you. Different riders, different owners, sometimes favourites sometimes not. The only thing they had in common: the same starting gate.

Oh, and none of the races were all that close, blow-outs definitely being the order of the day.

When Better Offer beat That’s Her I think by a fair 1.5 second margin in race one, that was the closest race on the day.

In the race of the meet, the 1400 metre open handicap in honour of Les Baker, Carbon Taikun stomped Crawfish in a hair under five seconds.

Race four was the other notable race, with Mezzanotte owned by Leslie Baker riden by Leslie Tilley beat by 1.5 seconds over 1400 metres Richardson’s Wild Godson (jockey: Jessikah Brand).

It was the inaugural Neville Green Memorial Benchmark.

The Greens were out in force for the event in honour of their dad, a trainer son Sean said never gave up his love of horses. An ironic love, he said.

“Dad’s always been a lover of horses and training horses as long as I can remember – even though he could never ride a horse.

“Couldn’t sit on a horse.

“Just loved horses, think he just had a way with animals, dogs as well.”

Neville was a dedicated trainer, according to Sean. Early morning starts pre-dawn were an early part of his life.

“I must admit, I didn’t have the same love affair with horses that he did,” he said.

It didn’t matter much. In later life the Toowoomba mining company employee said he would support his passion when he came out on visits “because that was his passion”.

Neville would always be volunteering to help jockeys, trainers, owners, whoever wanted it, whenever it was needed.

Or if not, he’d be with his own stud. Like some people are with motorcycles, he was with horses.

Sean said he was part of the dozen or so people who keep racing the exciting and energetic sport it is out in the west.

Neville passed away last year.

“(Having this event), it’s good, it makes me feel really proud; obviously he affected other people’s lives,” Sean Green said.

“Obviously he had lots of friends.”

Other winners included Screaming Jet in race 2, owned by MW Goodwin, ridden by L. Appo. They beat Jessikah Brand on Noor Dropper.

The next race meet in Charleville will take place on August 13.

The Western Times is very interested in talking to anyone who bet right on all five races. Phone us today.


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