Billie Andrew with winning horse Beware. Photo: Supplied
Billie Andrew with winning horse Beware. Photo: Supplied

Gatton racing duo notch up multiple weekend victories

A GATTON racing couple have cause to celebrate after winning races in Gatton and Toowoomba at the weekend.

Brenton Andrew was responsible for training the winning horses, while his wife Billie jockeyed them to victory.

“We were at the races in Toowoomba on Friday with Beware, and then resuming from a spell was Hooligan out here in Gatton,” Andrew said.

“We like to race on our home track as much as we can, and we’ve been waiting a while for it, so it was great news to hear they were getting a meeting again.”

Saturday was the first time since March that the Lockyer Valley Turf Club was able to hold an event, with COVID-19 restrictions having shut down activities at many tracks.

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“It was good to get things going back into a sort of normal routine. The club needed to have a meet, to start getting some funds in and stuff,” Andrew said.

“It’s the same with us. It’s been a struggle with all of this. We need local support to keep going, so hopefully it was good for everyone to get a few winners up and keep things going.”

Brenton Andrew with winning horse Beware.
Brenton Andrew with winning horse Beware.

He said raising, racing and riding horses had been a major part of his upbringing, which had contributed to his decision to become a trainer.

“I’ve been training outright on my own for about five years now, but I’ve grown up with them my whole life, through my father (Sel Andrew),” he said.

“Billie and I met through racing, and got married about two years ago.”

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The couple plan to capitalise on their winning streak, and attend several upcoming events in the weeks ahead.

“We’ve got a few nominated. We might possibly be heading to Dalby on the weekend, and probably Warwick on Wednesday week,” Andrew said.

“There are a few meets coming up.

“We’ll just wait and see with barriers and stuff where we’re heading.

“There’s not another meeting in Gatton until the end of June, but we’ll be racing a few other places in between there.”


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