Tower Hill rises out of floods

Tower Hill race meeting successful despite floods and grasshoppers


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February's disastrous north west weather event might have killed a portion of their racehorses, and grasshoppers have since eaten most of their grass but the Tower Hill race meeting went ahead regardless last weekend.

February's disastrous north west weather event might have killed a portion of their racehorses, and grasshoppers have since eaten most of their grass but the Tower Hill race meeting went ahead regardless last weekend.

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The traditional grassfed race meeting, one of only two still surviving in Queensland's west, even had to contend with the Way out West Festival nearby at Winton but ever-resilient president Amy Macintosh said they had a great young crowd for the two-day meet.

"We had 29 horses in total, which is very low compared to usual," she said.

"It shows the impact of drought and flood. Both John Delahunty and Liz Godfrey lost horses, as well as Frank Mainwaring.

"However, we also had one new owner in Sam and Angie Nisbet from Longreach who raced Different Shade and were really stoked when it got a second on the Friday and came first on Saturday."

Longreach professional jockey Luke Dillon travelled up to the Hillview track north of Muttaburra to ride on Friday before heading back to Longreach on Saturday for the Diggers Cup meeting.

"He had a lot of fun - he'd never done flag starts before," Ms Macintosh said.

Prairie's Robyn Brown was the most successful trainer of the meet - from 13 starts she had four wins, six second placings and three third placings.

"She was not out of a place in any race," Ms Macintosh said.

That made her jockey, John Dagan from Aramac, the most successful jockey.

The Owens family finished with seven wins while Ms Macintosh's family had two wins and four second placings.

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