THE sun may have shined a little too strong but Wagga president Terry McMillan was pleased with the inaugural Riverina Championships.
While the crowd didn't reach those of Riverina Paceway's grand opening, McMillan labelled Sunday's group one race day a success.
"Everyone seemed to have a good day, the weather was probably two or three degrees hotter than we would have liked but you can't do much about it," McMillan said.
"We could have done with some more umbrellas or shade."
McMillan estimated a crowd of over 2000 was in attendance.
Group one racing returns to Wagga next month.
WAGGA trainer Rob Garrett has been disqualified for two years after a positive swab.
Garrett entered guilty pleas for presenting Bonza Guy with cobalt above the legal threshold and heptaminol after winning at Leeton on August 18.
The penalty was ordered to commence from November 2 2020, the day Garrett was stood down.
Bonza Guy has been disqualified and the placings amended.
TRAINER Brent Berry has been handed a suspended sentence over his conduct at Coolamon last year.
Berry was fined $500 and had his licence suspended for 12 month for his behaviour towards participants at the club's trials on May 3 and again the following day.
The sentence was fully suspended for two years on the condition Berry does have any more conduct related matters however stewards have already adjourned an inquiry into his conduct following their decision.
LETTUCE Pray has been disqualified after its win at Young on June 12 2018.
Stewards completed their investigation into the Peter Hanson-trained pacer after returning menthol was detected in the post-race urine sample.
Satisfied the detection was likely as a result of environmental contamination a conviction was recorded but no further penalty was issued.
The placings have been amended.
SPORTY Dancer picked up where she left off after scoring another win at Echuca on Sunday.
Leeton trainer-driver Todd Prest was at the helm as three-year-old filly brought up her sixth win from her 10 starts with two other placings.
It was a Riverina quinella with Hy Voltage finishing second for Daryl Perrot.
RUBIES For Tash brought up her 22nd career win at Albion Park on Saturday.
The mare owned by Bruce and Tash Harpley has now won five races since being sent to Shawn Grimsey.
Meanwhile Rubies For Tash has been joined in Queensland by former stablemate Harps.
Harps was sent north after taking out the Menangle Country Series final last month.
BLAKE Micallef tasted success at Dubbo on Saturday night.
Combining with Nathan Turnbull, Micallef was able to overcome an early break from Falcons as the three-year-old brought up his hat-trick.
Micallef then drove a double for his father David at Albury on Tuesday with both Cocofollownoone and Tromso successful.
WAGGA continues its busy period with an eight-race card set for Friday.
The first is at 1.25pm.
The club also races on Tuesday.