Bush pop­u­lar with pun­ters

Narrogin Observer - - Sport - Michael Traill

One of the most ex­cit­ing events in the re­gion’s cal­en­der has been hailed a huge suc­cess, as thou­sands flocked to Kulin for the an­nual Bush Races.

An es­ti­mated 3900 to 4000 peo­ple, more than 10 times the town’s pop­u­la­tion, walked through the gates of the Kulin Com­mu­nity Bank Bush Races to wit­ness Aoife Quinn col­lect the Kulin Cup on the back of Ca­bal­is­tic.

Re­nee Delow­er­won the first race of the day, Ji­lakin Clas­sic (600m), rid­ing Tan­jaWard’s Pippa.

Sa­man­tha Mcintyre went on to claim the Pin­gar­ing Plate (800m) with Michael But­ler’s Rocky.

The pair also took out the 600m Holt Rock Hand­i­cap for Horses 10 years and above.

Alexan­dra Flan­nery, rid­ing Colin Flan­nery’s Neville, claimed the 400m Du­dinin Dash.

Larry Boag and Syd won the 800m West Kulin Whoppa for riders over 80kg.

Michelle Bar­wick and Speedy­bon fin­ished first in the 400m Tin Horse Hus­tle.

To close the day Kayla Bishop crossed the line first in the 800m Var­ley Stakes with her mount Chief Den­man.

Or­gan­iser and Shire of Kulin coun­cil­lor Rob­bie Bowey said it was fan­tas­tic to see the event come to­gether.

“It was ex­tremely suc­cess­ful, we had a huge crowd, lots of chil­dren and fam­i­lies” she said.

“Beau­ti­ful weather and com­bined with a ter­rific crowd set us up for a great week­end.”

Ms Bowey said that there was a strong sense of fam­ily and com­mu­nity at the event.

“Fam­ily fo­cus event, amaz­ing watch­ing the kids be­ing en­ter­tained while their par­ents were able to re­lax and en­joy them­selves,” she said.

“A great ef­fort from a small com­mu­nity.”

Pic­tures: Matthew Sch­mook

Aoife Quinn and Ca­bal­is­tic about to cross the line in the Kulin Cup.

Or­gan­iser Rob­bie Bowey.

An es­ti­mated 4000 peo­ple walked through the gates to watch the races.

Aoife Quinn, Graeme Robert­son and Jo­ce­lyn Owen.

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