Lisa’s friend wins her memorial race

WINNERS: Open champion Trish Johnston, under 8's champion Chelsea Reynolds, 5, under 18s champion McKenzie Woodhouse, 14, Wagga Classic champion Pat Colins.

WINNERS: Open champion Trish Johnston, under 8's champion Chelsea Reynolds, 5, under 18s champion McKenzie Woodhouse, 14, Wagga Classic champion Pat Colins.

For the second year running, a friend of the late Lisa Coates has won the open event held in her honour.

Gundagai’s Trish Johnston had a flawless and fast run to defeat 63 entrants at Tarcutta on Saturday.

“It’s good to see a friend of Lisa’s take it out,” widower and organiser Stan Coates said.

“We get a lot of local competitors, and people who come from all over the place.”

Last year, another family friend, Cootamundra’s Kerrie Holder, won the open event at the Lisa Coates Memorial.

Victorian Pat Colins won the feature event, the Memorial Classic, run to allow breeders the chance to showcase younger horses.

Five-year old Chelsea Reynolds from The Rock outpaced competitors three years her senior to win the under 8’s event.

Wagga’s McKenzie Woodhouse, 14, another up-and-comer to watch, won the under 18’s race on Saturday.

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