A 34-YEAR career came to an end at Greenwattle Racecourse on Tuesday, when Bill Quin judged his final race meeting.
Quin has retired, ending 34 years of outstanding service to the racing industry, which included 15 Melbourne Cups.
The final race on Tuesday was named in Quin’s honour.
Quin would have judged some of Australian racing’s legendary horses and riders as they crossed the line in feature events all around the country. It is people like Quin who make the racing industry one of the success stories of Australian sport.
The Farewell Judge Bill Quinn Benchmark 64 Handicap was won by favourite Acturiat, ridden by Chris Symons and trained at Cranbourne by Greg Eurell. In second place was Caulfield galloper Zenithal, ridden by Patrick Moloney, with Moving Money, ridden by Daniel Stackhouse, in third place.
Damian Lane took the riding honours, winning the first event on Anthony Freedman’s Witless, and race four on Mornington galloper Kareeming.
Race one, the three-year-old maiden, appeared to be a race between Witless and local galloper Bally Paddy, trained by Mario Farrugia. The punters had it right, with Lane riding Witless to victory from Bally Paddy, ridden by Brandon Stockdale.
Consistent Bally Paddy has three seconds and a third from only five starts.
Adam McCabe and Mornington trainer Jason Warren combined to win race two, the fillies and mares maiden plate, with four-year-old New Zealand-bred mare Krispy.
Another New Zealander, Landslide, trained at Caulfield by Henry Dwyer, who trained Sale Cup winner Sonntag, won the race three maiden plate.
Kareeming, who was coming off a last start win at Mornington, won race four, the benchmark 70 handicap, to complete Damian Lane’s winning double. God Help Her, trained at Sale by Sharon Trovlove, finished third.
It’s Fred, trained by Clinton McDonald at Caulfield and ridden by Thomas Sadler, won race five, the 0-58 handicap, with Sale galloper Tarago Storm, trained by Paul Worthington in third place.
Mornington galloper Real Warrior, ridden by Stackhouse, won race six, the 0-58 handicap, from Akira Marie, ridden by Brian Werner, and Glamour Planet, ridden by McCabe.
It was another outstanding day’s racing. The next at Greenwattle will be held on Wednesday, December 3.