Carla Adams (left) and her step-daughter Maddie Lee have a chat before racing each other in tomorrow’s Mackay Beach Races.
Carla Adams (left) and her step-daughter Maddie Lee have a chat before racing each other in tomorrow’s Mackay Beach Races. Tony Martin

Duo to battle it out at beach races in Mackay

Beach races competitors: Carla Adams and her step-daughter Maddie Lee will race against each other at the Mackay Beach Horse Races.
Beach races competitors: Carla Adams and her step-daughter Maddie Lee will race against each other at the Mackay Beach Horse Races.

HORSE RACING: Household bragging rights will be on the line when Carla Adams and Maddie Lee square-off in the Mackay Beach Races tomorrow.

The Munbura riders have nominated their horses for the races but it's as much about fun as competition.

Carla, who is Maddie's step-mother, is racing for the second time after nominating her stock horse in 2012.

"It's a good event to be part of, it's social and a great day out," she said. "We saw whales breaching off the beach one year."

Their thoroughbreds are former race horses and although Carla's horse had a better career she wasn't going to back herself against her more youthful opponent.

"No, definitely no wager on it. I think she'll beat me easily," Carla said.

The event's social side was a draw for Carla but for Maddie, 16, it's all about racing for the prize money.

"I think it's three grand, so that'd be good," the high school student said. "I'm really looking forward to it, it should be a fun day."

Both Carla and Maddie compete in show jumping and hope their horsemanship translates to the race that doesn't allow the use of whips or spurs.

"It's just a pure race," Carla said. "And I haven't done one for a while."

Tomorrow's racing will be six heats raced over about 400m with the top two going into the final. Thoroughbred horses must have been out of professional racing for 12 months but the women said they expect some fast horses to be nominated as the event had become more popular.

There is also an Invitational Cowboy Class for non-thoroughbreds and a children's race for ponies.

The unique race day starts at 10am tomorrow on Harbour Beach. For more information and to book tickets, visit mackaybeachhorseracing.com.au

Maddie

Horse: Rockin Party

Stable name: Rocky

Age: Eight-year-old gelding

Size: 16 hands

Career: 24 starts, six places, $12,000 prize money

Carla

Horse: Titanium Rock

Stable name: Arrow

Age: Nine-year-old gelding

Size: 16.3 hands

Career: 48 starts, eight wins, 18 places, more than $120,000 in prize money.