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Eagle Farm was buzzing with excitement in the early hours of this morning, with around 600 people arriving for the annual AAMI Breakfast with the Stars.
Without a doubt, it was the hot favourite for the AAMI Stradbroke, Whobegotyou who stole the show, with an impressive gallop past the crowd.
Plenty of interest also surrounded Dariana, who passed the barrier trial test, to secure her place in the Channel Seven QLD Derby.
There was a sea of school uniforms surrounding the 24 life size horses, as judging commenced in the inaugural Paint a Horse competition.
Three esteemed judges, Sofie Formica (Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival Ambassador), Glenn Boss (Australia’s leading jockey) and Robert Heathcote (Queensland’s Premiership Winning Racehorse Trainer) all took their role very seriously, deliberating over the winner for half an hour.
Honourable mentions went to St Flannan’s Primary School in Zillmere and Nobby State School. Unfortunately, there could only be one winner and in 2010 it was a very excited St Andrew’s Primary School, from Ferny Grove (pictured above right).
Assistant Principal, Matthew Beacroft accepted the $5,000 cheque which he later presented to a school assembly.
The 24 horses and their student minders will again be participating in the Channel Seven Brisbane Racing Carnival, when they take part in the all important AAMI Stradbroke Barrier Draw tomorrow. Everyone is welcome to attend this free event, which commences midday at Eagle Farm, with a light lunch provided.