Trainer Tony Hess is confident that Beat the Bullseye, his class B entry for the Boxing Day race carnival at Thabeban Racecourse, will be one to watch.
Trainer Tony Hess is confident that Beat the Bullseye, his class B entry for the Boxing Day race carnival at Thabeban Racecourse, will be one to watch. Ron Burgin

Bundaberg trainer hits a bullseye

Horse racing: Bundaberg race horse owner Mark McLean believes he has unearthed a future champion of the Thabeban Racecourse in four-year-old gelding Beat the Bullseye.

In the horse’s first two starts under veteran Bundaberg trainer Tony Hess, it scored a first-place finish and a third-place finish at Caloundra.

On Saturday, Beat the Bullseye will have its first start in Bundaberg at the Bundaberg Race Club Family Fun Day.

“If he races there like he did on the Sunshine Coast he will be hard to beat,” McLean said.

When McLean and a group of associates bought the horse from a New South Wales trainer it had not been performing well, and in three starts it had not made a placing.

But in its first two starts under Hess, it has already impressed plenty of punters.

“We knew it wasn’t doing too well in New South Wales but a friend of mine said it had plenty of potential,” McLean said.

The horse’s first race in Bundaberg will be the Class B handicap.

It will be one of five races on the day, which is dedicated to families with children.

Bundaberg Race Club president Rod Titterington said nominations for the event had been encouraging.

“It’s looking like it should be a successful event,” he said.

The Open Handicap is the main spectacle of the race day.

Legendary Bundaberg horse Suntanned has been nominated for the event, alongside Final Vision, Guilty Conscience, King Demonic, Nutuzzi, and Red Tarn.

As of yesterday afternoon, 46 horses were nominated to race at the meet.

To create a more family-friendly atmosphere at the Thabeban Racecourse, the event will also feature a jumping castle and a merry-go-round.

The first 150 children through the gate will receive a gift bag that includes food, vouchers and toys.



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